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    What do Wild Senegal Parrots Eat?

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    The Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) is a green bird with a bright yellow iris and a grey head. The bird originates from Senegal and other parts of Africa. There are three variations of the Senegal Parrot: %%AFC-ADVERT%%

     

    • Poicephalus senegalus senegalus – This has a yellow belly and originates from Southern Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and the Island of Los.

     

    • Poicephalus senegalus versteri – This type has a red belly and originates from The Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria.

     

    • Poicephalus senegalus mesotypus – This one has an orange coloured belly and is from Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad.

     

    Habitat and Senegal Parrot Diet

    Senegal parrots live amongst woodland that is moist, as well as the edge of savannas. The Senegal parrot diet is made up of fruit, seeds and grain. The Senegal parrot diet especially comprises of locust bean seeds and new buds formed on a number of different trees. Local farmers think of Senegal parrots as pests because they raid their millet and maize crops and eat drying out peanuts off the ground. They nest in hollow trees. Depending on the availability of food, these birds migrate across the whole of west Africa.

     

    Reproduction

    Senegal parrots normally lay 3-4 eggs in their tree hole nests. The eggs are incubated by females for around 28 days until they hatch. After this, the newly hatched chicks depend on the mother for warmth and food whilst the father brings the food back to the nest. Once young Senegal parrots reach the age of 12 weeks they will fly the nest and live independently from their parents.

     

    Senegal Parrot Facts

    • Its sounds varies from whistling to loud squawks

     

    • Average lifespan: 25 to 30 years in the wild

     

    • Length: 23cm

     

    • Weight: 120 – 170g
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