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Date:10/22/2014 8:15:12 PM
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Jardine Parrots
I reccomend you read Guide to The Senegal Parrot and It's Family by Mattie Sue Athan and Dianalee Deter; it's an excellent source of information on the Poicephalus family of Parrots--not only on Senegals. Ollie is a lesser Jardine and we've been dealing with him since he was a month old chick. The book says that Jardines are actaully much less susceptible to phobias than other members of the poicephalus group. Ollie is an adventurous little bird; always wanting to explore everything. He doesn't seem to be afraid of anything and is now 5 months old. He's a bundle of kenetic energy and loves to be picked up and played with; he's not a cuddly bird by any strecth of the imagination, but from what I've read that will probably change when he's over a year old. The Jardine song is very melodic and not as loud as our little green cheeked conure. His calls sound like pleasant whistling, "Wee, wee!" He likes to go for rides in the car when we've taken him places,and he doesn't mind being picked up by friends of ours that have visited the house.

I'm sure that everyone has an opinion, but our experience has bore out what the authors of the afforementioned book have said about the species. Some people say that Jardines are nippy, we've found him to be less so than our little contrary conure. He obeys the "step up" command without hesitation no matter what he's into. The advantages, we feel, of having a male over a female is that males are more prone to learn to talk and that you don't have to deal with egg binding issues that some female birds have problems with. We had a female cockatiel and as she became older her eggs became softer and more difficult for her to lay inspite of giving her mineral and oster shell supplements. Ollie hasn't spoken yet, but it often sounds like he is trying to form words, especially in the morning.

My advice to you is to spend some time with prospective Jardines if possible and learn their personality traits. Every bird is different. Ollies brother, who we also considered buying perfers the company of women to men apparently and he became standoffish towards the end of his weaning process. I think, upon exploring it further, that you'll find that the Jardine has fewer issues than the Myers, Senegal, or brown heads and is a good size and have stimulating personalities.
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