Other African Treasures
don't tell them I said "other"!
Bold, fiesty, comical, playful, timid, shy.......just some of the
words I would use to describe this family of birds. The poicephalus
family consists of the Senegal, Meyers, Red Bellied, Brownhead, Ruppells,
Niam-niam, Yellow-faced, Jardines, Capes, Brown-necked, and Grey
Headed parrots. Of these, Capes, Yellow-faced and Niam-Niam are
not seen in the pet trade. As a general rule, this family of birds
relatively quiet family. While they can and do have a high pitched
little screech, it is seldom used for yelling. I always think of
the screech as that of enjoyment or excitement, much like a young
child screaming in glee.
poicephalus (the above excluding the Jardines, Capes,
Brown-necked and Grey Headed) are very similar in actions, attitudes
and disposition, with any differences just being a difference of
degrees. Senegals are said to be a little more assured, more outgoing.
The Red Bellied's are said to be a little more extroverted with
their actions around strangers and be better talkers, the Meyers
are said to be a little more questioning, not quite as arrogant,
but all in all, the characteristics of one will fit another.
can go through a few nippy stages but generally by age 2, put this
all behind them and are wonderful, loving companions. They like
to play, and play hard,often rolling around on their backs or hanging
upside down. I have often wondered if my pet poi's are related to