Senegal is the best-known bird in
the African Poicephalus family of parrots, which also includes the
Jardine's and the Meyer's. It bears the family traits of a small body
and pleasant disposition. Mostly green, the Senegal (Poicephalus
senegalus) has a grey head and a golden breast bisected by a green
"v-neck", which gives it the appearance of wearing a vest. The tail is
short and pointed. The two subspecies, the red-vented parrot
(Poicephalus s. versteri) and the orange-bellied parrot (Poicephalus s.
mesotypus), vary only slightly in coloring.
of origin: The Senegal occurs in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and
Guinea. The red-vented subspecies is found on the Ivory Coast and in
Ghana and Nigeria. The orange-bellied parrot also occurs in Nigeria,
and Cameroon and Chad.
Small but stout, at 9 inches long and about 140 grams, or 5
Playful and rambunctious with toys, cuddly and a bit bossy. Will menace
smaller birds. Rarely noisy voice makes it well-suited to apartment
ability: Poor to moderate.
lifespan: Up to 30 years.