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Jardine Parrot

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Native to:
Central Africa
3 to 4 yrs.
15 to 30 yrs.

This species is great choice for those who want to "step up" to a mid-size parrot, and their popularity as pets is increasing due to their loyal following and increased availability. Their compact size, sweet temperament and mostly quiet disposition makes them a good choice for apartment dwellers, when compared to the larger, louder parrots.  Their energy level is moderate to high and they should be provided with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation (foraging).

They are particularly playful and intelligent, and are capable of developing large vocabularies even without any training and often with human-like qualities. Both the male and female are equally adept talkers.

They are animated and clowny birds that easily learn tricks and sound effects, such as phones, whistling, barking, and other sounds that may be typical to your household.  They're also highly intelligent and benefit from frequent interaction with their humans. Jardine's parrots are known for getting involved in games of hide and seek and have been seen using newspaper covering the bottom of their cage to hide under or roll into a tube for hiding.

These playful pet birds can be tricksters, twisting themselves into odd positions or lying on their backs in the cage to get a reaction from the owner. When a Jardine's parrot sees its owner watching them play, they will often begin playing even more to entertain or convince the owner to get involved in their fun. Jardine's parrots are said to have the comical, playful and animated personality of larger parrots, but without the cost, mess or noise typically associated with bigger pet parrots.

DIET: A Jardine's parrot's beak can become overgrown, so provide plenty of wood and other hard toys to chew on. Poicephalus parrots thrive on a pellet-based diet along with fresh fruits, vegetables and greens.