Senegal Parrot

Poicephalus Senegalus

Scientific Name

Senegal Parrot:  
Poicephalus Senegalus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The Senegal parrot can be found in central and eastern Africa from Senegal and Gambia to Guinea.

Natural Habitat

Open forests and savanna woodlands.

Physical Characteristics

  • This beautifully colored bird is small, stocky and square tailed. It grows to a length of approximately nine inches and has a wingspan of six inches.  The adults are mostly green on the body, gradually becoming paler and more yellowish around the rump.  Their lores, crown and nape are dark gray.  The remainder of the head is paler gray and more silvery around the ear coverts.  The lower breast and abdomen ranges from yellow to orange in color.  The under wing converts and the tail converts are a bright yellow while the tail is a brownish-green.  They have a gray bill, yellow iris and brownish legs.

Quick Facts

  1. Our Senegal parrot is named “Peanuts” after its country’s most popular export.

  2. It can learn human speech easily and possess a quit, gentle, soft voice.

  3. The Senegal parrot is well known for its acrobatics, mischievousness and passion.


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Conservation Status

Least Concern: The Senegal Parrot is common or abundant and is likely to survive in the wild.

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These parrots enjoy fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts and seeds.