The Senegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) is a Poicephalus parrot which is a resident breeder across a wide range of west Africa. It makes migrations within west Africa, according to the availability of the fruit, seeds and blossoms which make up its diet. It is considered a farm pest in Africa, often feeding on maize or millet.
I took these photos in Shai Hills, Ghana.
Original shots show how far away the bird was.
There are three subspecies. They do not differ in behaviour, but only in the colour of the “vest”. In the pet trade, the nominate subspecies is the most common though all three are raised and sold as pets.
- P. s. senegalus (the nominate subspecies): this subspecies has a yellow vest; its native range includes Senegal, southern Mauritania, southern Mali to Guinea and Lobos Island.
- P. s. mesotypus: this subspecies has an orange vest; its range is from eastern and northeastern Nigeria and Cameroon into southwest Chad.
- P. s. versteri: this subspecies has a deep-orange/red vest; its range is from the Ivory Coast and Ghana east to western Nigeria.
Xeno-Canto (all 3 Subspecies)
National Geographic – A heartbreaking look at the abuse of these beautiful birds by wildlife poachers.
It was hard to find wild Sennies amongst the hundreds of pet bird videos but here’s a couple from YouTube and IBC.
This guy starts out with birds flying overhead at a distance but he gets lucky and finds a perched parrot!