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Black-headed Parrot: A Powerful Eloquent, Spirited Bird

In our portrait, you will find out everything you need to know about the black-headed parrot. We don’t just answer the question “What is a black-headed parrot?”. You will also learn something about the age, habitat, and breeding of black-headed parrots.

The black-headed parrot is very popular as a pet. Like the African gray parrot, it belongs to the family of real parrots. Black-headed parrots are very intelligent and therefore only suitable for beginners to a limited extent.

Black-headed Parrot, Also Known as the Black-headed Caique, Black-capped Parrot or Pallid Parrot

  • Poicephalus senegalus
  • The black-headed parrot belongs to the genus of long-winged parrots, which belong to the family of real parrots.
  • The black-headed parrots can be found in Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, and the Ivory Coast. However, their habitat extends to Nigeria, northern Cameroon, and southwestern Chad.
  • As a rule, black-headed parrots are true to location. However, when there is a shortage of food, they go on short hikes.
  • There are three types of black-headed parrots.
  • The life expectancy of the black-headed parrot is between 25 and 30 years. If kept well, the parrots can live up to 40 years.

What is a Black-headed Parrot and Which Species are Differentiated?

The black-headed parrot, like the African gray parrot and golden-winged parrot, belongs to the group of African parrots. Its habitat extends from Senegal via the Gambia, the Ivory Arts, and Nigeria to southwest Chad. The black-headed parrot is also known as the Senegal parrot because of its origin.

In contrast to its relatives, the black-headed parrot is one of the smaller bird species, which makes it a popular pet. Despite its small size, however, it requires a lot of space and sufficient climbing opportunities. The black-headed parrots belong to the genus of the long-winged parrots, which in turn belong to the family of the real parrots. There are three types of parrots among the black-headed parrots:

  • Poicephalus senegalus senegalus
  • Poicephalus senegalus versteri
  • Poicephalus senegalus mesotype

Black-headed parrots have a life expectancy of up to 40 years. However, their lifespan is significantly shorter if they are kept as pets. Many black-headed parrots only reach an age of 25 to 30 years due to incorrect husbandry or undetected diseases.

Weight and Size of the Black-headed Parrot

The black-headed parrot is around 23 cm tall and weighs between 140 and 200 g. Weight is not only influenced by diet. Rather, the activity of the parrots plays a major role. The more the black-headed parrot can move, the more muscles it can build. This is then also noticeable in the weight of the parrots. Due to their high urge to move, black-headed parrots are not suitable for cage management. A large aviary is more suitable. Ideally, you will have your own bird room.

Black-headed parrots are monomorphic – this means that male and female animals do not visually different from one another. Not only when breeding, but also when keeping several black-headed parrots, it is important to know whether it is a male or a female. However, this can only be determined by a DNA test or an endoscopic examination.

Reproduction of the Black-headed Parrots

The black-headed parrots are late bloomers and reach sexual maturity at the age of two. In the wild, the parrot breeding season lasts from September to November. When kept in captivity, however, the black-headed parrots breed all year round. The first brood at the age of three is usually not yet successful. The parrots often need several attempts to raise their young.

The clutch of black-headed parrots consists of three to five eggs. The hen incubates between 25 and 28 days, sometimes even up to 30 days. The young birds leave the nest between 9 and 10 weeks of age. However, they will still be looked after by their parents afterward. The black-headed parrots are independent after about 11 to 13 weeks.

Intelligent Parrots with a Loud Voice

In terms of character, the black-headed parrot is alert, curious, and sensitive. The birds are sensitive to changes and in new surroundings, they need a lot of time to get used to. So that the daily care of the birds and visits to the vet are as stress-free as possible, you should regularly deal with the black-headed parrots.

Like other parrots, the black-headed parrot is characterized by its high intelligence, which makes its keeping very demanding. So that the clever animals don’t get bored, you should keep the black-headed parrots sufficiently busy every day. This requires a lot of movement on the one hand and a varied environment on the other. You should also satisfy the parrots’ gnawing needs with fresh branches.

The Volume of the Black-headed Parrot

In order to be able to communicate with their conspecifics in the African steppes, the black-headed parrots make themselves noticeable with whistles and high-pitched calls. The voice of the black-headed parrot is piercing and can be heard throughout cities.

The Diet of Black-headed Parrot

As with large parrots, black-headed parrots tend to gain weight quickly when kept in an aviary. For this reason, you should only feed grain feed to a limited extent. A feed amount of 5% of the bodyweight is recommended. Mixtures of grains that contain different seeds are well suited.

As a supplement to grain feed, fresh feed should be on the menu every day. In this way, you can prevent an unbalanced diet for the black-headed parrot. He likes to eat herbs, fruit, and vegetables such as:

  • chickweed
  • basil
  • parsley
  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • paprika
  • carrots
  • apples
  • salads

Despite a balanced diet, the black-headed parrots’ diet alone is not enough as a source of calcium. Therefore, the birds should have access to mineral stones or a sepia bowl around the clock. During the moult, it is also advisable to feed additional protein and provide a food bowl with egg food.

Important! The black-headed parrot is under species protection. The private attitude is therefore not recommended. We therefore strongly advise against keeping such a parrot. If you still want to get a parrot species, you should definitely pay attention to the points we have mentioned and choose a parrot that is not an endangered or endangered species!

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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