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4 Reasons Why Poicephalus Parrots Make Great Family Pets

Want a parrot, but don't want a tiny 'tiel or a giant macaw? Find out how the Poicephalus parrots are the perfect-sized parrot for you and your family.

Thomas Hill

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Meyer's parrots, like many parrots, can learn how to dance.

Native to Africa, the Poicephalus parrot species have a lot to offer families looking to adopt a parrot. Here’s four great reasons why Poicephalus parrots might be perfect family pet for you: 

1) Poicephalus Parrots Are Quiet(er)
While some Poicephalus parrot talk, not all do, making them naturally quiet. The ones that do talk vary based on their size, environment and if there are other parrots in the home.

While Poicephalus parrots are quieter, sometimes they go through louder and talkative phases. If they are separated in different rooms, they may contact call to each other. Meyer’s parrots are known for chirps and beeps. The Senegal parrots are slightly louder than the Meyer's parrots. While still quiet for the species itself, the brown-necked parrot and Jardine parrots are on the louder side, mainly because of their bigger size.    

2) Poicephalus Parrots Are An Ideal Size & Don’t Need A Lot Of Space
According to Pamela Clark, CVT, parrot behavior and care consultant, the Poicephalus parrots make the perfect "entry level bird” for a family because they are a small- to medium-sized parrot. That means they don’t need a lot of room like the bigger birds would.

While the absolute minimum dimensions for a single Poicephalus cage is 20 inches by 20 inches by 28 inches with a ¾-inch bar space, Clark recommends using discretion for a bird’s size. While this species needs a smaller space, it doesn’t mean you should stick with a small cage if you can get a larger one.

Clark recommends a 28- or 31-inch bird cage to allow a Poicephalus to move around, play with toys and spread their wings. Factors to consider when looking at cage sizes include: the ability to climb up and down (with toys and off/on their perch), the ability to walk around, get in and out of the cage, and even laying down because some birds prefer sleeping on their cage floors.

Senegal parrot

The Senegal parrot is one of the most popular pet Poicephalus parrot.

3) Poicephalus Parrots Are Intelligent
According to Concetta Ferragamo, Northeast Regional Director and Membership Chair of the American Federation of Aviculture, Inc., "The Senegal, red-bellied and Meyer's [parrots] can talk and are each known to be trick trainable.”

Examples of tricks, according to Terri Pakula of New York, include dropping coins in hand-held banks, pulling string-based toys and purposely getting buttons stuck on toys. Other owners report their Poicephalus parrots playfully teasing their cage mates and kicking around a ball to hear its internal bell ring.

4) Poicephalus Parrots Live Up to 50 Years
Depending on the Poicephalus you family adopts, this species can live up to 50 years. Brown-headed parrots can live up to 40 years, grey-headed parrots can live up to 40 years and Meyer’s parrots can live up to 50 years.

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Posted: July 10, 2014, 6:15 p.m. PDT

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