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Senegal Parrots

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Senegal parrots belong to the same family as African grays and make similar noises, but, unlike their cousins, are much quieter. They're known, in fact, as being the quietest of the parrots, making them perfect for an apartment or small house. Their feathers boast extreme color contrasts of grays, yellows, and greens, and they tend to be diminutive in size.

Should you choose to adopt a Senegal parrot, you'll need a large cage measuring at least 19 by 18 inches, preferably one that opens at the top (Senegal parrots sometimes object to being carried through the doors included on a typical cage). Be sure to give your Senegal lots of interactive toys and rotate them on a daily basis to stave off boredom. These toys can be of the intricate store-bought variety or as simple as a honey dripper.

Senegals also have healthy appetites, eating -- gram for gram -- more than many larger birds. Their diet should consist of one-third good-quality seed mix (it should not contain sunflower seeds), another third parrot pellets, and one-third fruits and vegetables sprinkled with an avian vitamin supplement. Senegals should never be given avocados. Mist your bird daily with water and, in order to provide them the 10 hours of sleep they need every night, be sure to cover the cage with a black or very dark blanket around eight or nine at night.