Meyers & Senegals?
Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:04 PM
So, I remember it being mentioned about Senegals & Meyers I believe in my old thread for a relatively quiet but fun bird that can still have the ability to talk if it can.
I would love to hear more from people who have Senegals and Meyers, What are they like? How do they compare to your sun Conure on all levels? Noise, Affection, Playfulness? Our Sun Conure was/is all of the above and I would love to have something like a Sun Conure without the yelling and screaming! lol We can take some, but not what a Sun can dish out lol I have also thought about a GCC but have read that they can be testy little birds.
How much thruth is to that? I read that their temperaments aren't always the most even, and can be nippy.
Posted 10 July 2010 - 06:27 PM
The small Poicephalus, are relatively quiet. With the exception of the Lesser (and all flavors) of Jardines, they make extremely excellent pets. They're my absolute favorite smaller bird to keep as pets. They do have a very shrill buzzer sound at times, it sounds like a funky doorbell stuck on. But, you'll find this noise mostly with breeders and not pet birds. They're charismatic and come in near every flavor of personality out there! They range from very mild tempered to spicy depending on the species. They are smart as can be, very loyal to their owners and very playful birds. You can never go wrong with the small Poi's! They can be a bit shy until they get to know you, but once they accept you as 'theirs', they blossom into clowns and are very focused on seeking your approval. Unlike Conures, Parrotlets and Quakers, they are far less selfish a bird.
The only exception to this is the Jardines. While they hold a lot of the excellent traits of the other Poicephalus, they are a lot hotter in personality. They're spicy birds and can easily nail you with a bite for no reason at all. They are masters at masking body language. They can bite the snot out of you, then want pets and cuddles in an eye blink. I call them mini-Amazons for this reason. In fact, in the Poi circles, they're called the African Amazon.
With the smaller Pois, such as the Brown Head (aka Emerald Parrot), Red-Bellied, Senegal, Meyers, Ruppells... you'll find slight variations in personalities with a base personality being the same throughout. Red-bellieds are a bit spunky and the clowns, Brown Heads are amazingly sweet and steady, Meyers and Ruppells are in the middle spectrum, as are Senegals who can go from a bit spunky, to sweet, depending on the bird (as is in all cases!).
To answer your questions directly? No small Poi will come close to the sound a Sun Conure can emit. However, they -ALL- can match or beat the playfulness and affection of one! Word of advice however, is to make absolutely certain of your Poi's upbringing. Being African birds, they hang onto emotional baggage far far far more than Conures and such. Make sure the breeder really socializes her babies well.
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:17 PM
I share my life with a Senegal, and he is very sweet most of the time. He has his moments of volume and can be nippy, but anyone has a bad day now and then. He has never been as loud as I've heard Suns in stores or on you tube.
Fidrych has shown a very flexible and easy going manner. He talks a little more all the time, but not as clearly as some, and he uses words and phrases in context.
Fidrych - Senegal hatched 2/14/08
Posted 10 July 2010 - 09:08 PM
Also, rumor has it that Senegals can become somewhat jealous of other birds. This is hit and miss, of course, and depends completely on the bird itself. With Dexter, it was the worst-case scenario. I had many other birds at the time, and he began taking his aggression out on me. While I figured it would be fine to work with this, he also started going after the baby green cheeks... And I had to draw the line at that. I feel that his unnecessary behavior was due to him being sold unweaned, so, please be sure your baby is abundance weaned, regardless of the species!
Aside from that, I thought Dexter was a wonderful little clown. He played a game of tag with me, hopped all across the couch, was very smart, and could cuddle like none other. Whatever species you choose, I think you'll find that the Pois have a rather charming interior!
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Posted 13 July 2010 - 12:03 PM
I did end up getting my Parrotlet, but after doing so much research Why did Senegals and Meyers REALLY Sprike My interest! lol
I told dh we might just have two birds! I would love to have a little big bigger Parrot who is relatively quiet.
We will see, right now I'm still handfeeding my little one. But if I get another it will definitely be one of these!!
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