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Dancing Senegal Parrot


Type: Senegal Parrot
Genus: Poicephalus
Species: Senegalus
Subspecies: Mesotypus
Sex: Female
Weight: 120 grams
Height: 9 inches
Age: 16 years
Caped Cape Parrot


Type: Cape Parrot
Genus: Poicephalus
Subspecies: Fuscicollis
Sex: Male
Weight: 330 grams
Height: 13 inches
Age: 14 years, 4 months
Blue and Gold Macaw


Type: Blue & Gold Macaw
Genus: Ara
Sex: Female
Weight: 850 grams
Height: 26 inches
Age: 12 years
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List of Common Parrots:

Budgerigar (Budgie)
Alexandrine Parakeet
African Ringneck
Indian Ringneck
Monk Parakeet (Quaker Parrot)

Mexican Parrotlet
Green Rumped Parrotlet
Blue Winged Parrotlet
Spectacled Parrotlet
Dusky Billed Parrotlet
Pacific Parrotlet
Yellow Faced Parrotlet

Peach Faced Lovebird
Masked Lovebird
Fischer's Lovebird
Lilian's (Nyasa) Lovebird
Black Cheeked Lovebird
Madagascar Lovebird
Abyssinian Lovebird
Red Faced Lovebird
Swindern's Lovebird

Lories and Lorikeets:
Rainbow Lorikeet

Sun Conure
Jenday Conure
Cherry Headed Conure
Blue Crowned Conure
Mitred Conure
Patagonian Conure
Green Cheeked Conure
Nanday Conure

Black Headed Caique
White Bellied Caique

Poicephalus Parrots:
Senegal Parrot
Meyer's Parrot
Red Bellied Parrot
Brown Headed Parrot
Jardine's Parrot
Cape Parrot
Ruppell's Parrot

Eclectus Parrot

African Greys:
Congo African Grey (CAG)
Timneh African Grey (TAG)

Blue Fronted Amazon
Yellow Naped Amazon
Yellow Headed Amazon
Orange Winged Amazon
Yellow Crowned Amazon

Galah (Rose Breasted) Cockatoo
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Umbrella Cockatoo
Moluccan Cockatoo
Bare Eyed Cockatoo
Goffin's Cockatoo

Red Shouldered (Hahn's) Macaw
Severe Macaw
Blue And Gold Macaw
Blue Throated Macaw
Military Macaw
Red Fronted Macaw
Scarlet Macaw
Green Winged Macaw
Hyacinth Macaw

Glossary of Common Parrot Terms

Parrot Being a Pirate for Halloween

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By Michael Sazhin

Friday October 31st, 2014

Kili said she's had enough of being the parrot on pirate's shoulder for Halloween. She decided that she's going to be a pirate too! Who has ever heard of that? A parrot being a pirate?

Parrot holding sword

Pirate and Pirate Parrot

Pirate with Parrots

Check out this special new Halloween video where Kili demonstrates what it's like to be a pirate by hiding her treasure. You can teach your bird to stash its booty in a treasure chest too (order the treasure chest prop from

Parrot in a Pumpkin

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By Michael Sazhin

Tuesday October 29th, 2013

I got this nice big juicy pumpkin the other day. I was thinking to myself how much my parrots will enjoy the stuff I could make them out of it. I open the pumpkin and look what I find inside!

Parrot Inside Pumpkin

Kili & Truman love Halloween. It's the time of year when food is bountiful and there's a lot going on. They like being involved in things so the holiday events keep them in the spotlight. And of course there's tasty pumpkin and pumkin seeds to be enjoyed. I'm sure they still remember the last time they had Pumpkin a few years ago when we were trying to carve it. Leave comments about what you do with your parrots on Halloween and if they like Pumpkin.

Parrots Eating Pumpkin

Come and see Kili & Truman live in Connecticut or North Carolina:

Hartford, CT - Saturday November 9, 10AM-4PM

The Parrot Club
Veterans Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge Drive
East Hartford, CT.

Durham, NC - Saturday November 16, 12PM-5PM

Avian Veterinary Services Clinic / The Birdie Boutique
Hope Valley Elementary School Auditorium
3005 Dixon Rd
Durham, NC 27707

Peter Pan Halloween Theme With Parrots

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By Michael Sazhin

Monday November 1st, 2010

It was a fun Halloween experience with the parrots. I dressed up as Captain Hook, Kathleen was Peter Pan, my brother as Tick Tock the Crocodile, and my little sister as Tinkerbell. As a pirate, it was of no surprise to be adding a parrot of the old world to match my ensemble.

The whole concept started out with the parrots. I wanted to incorporate the parrots into my costume so naturally I had to be a pirate. Then I wondered how to get Kathleen involved as well. At first I was just going to make her another pirate but that would be boring. So I pondered the antithesis of pirates and who serves better than Peter Pan himself. At that point there was no doubt that my little sister would be Tinkerbell, and Tick Tock the crocodile was great for my brother.

Saturday night Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and Tick Tock went to a Halloween party accompanied by Kili the Senegal Parrot. She sat on my shoulder for nearly 2 hours at a bustling party with no trouble. I did keep her on a harness but she didn't really try flying off anyway. The harness was just a precaution. She was incredible well behaved. She did not rip my costume apart or even poop on me the entire time. She added spunk to the costume and played along very well. Kili was friendly and the party was a good socialization outing to work on her people skills.

On Sunday we took Tinkerbell and Truman out for trick or treating. Truman is not as used to being out so the party was no place for a young energetic parrot. However, a brief outdoor outing was just the thing. Unfortunately I couldn't keep him on my shoulder for more than 30 seconds at a time without him trying to destroy everything. Then getting him off wasn't easy as he'd velcro himself to my shoulder or grab onto any assortment of things to hold onto. However, he was still very friendly and of course a huge attention grabber. Once again, a successful parrot social outing. Perhaps by next year I'll be able to trust him on my shoulder for longer outings just like Kili.

I think Kili really just wanted to be a Cape Parrot for Halloween because she was constantly imitating Truman's contact call! And Truman? He was just being his mischievous Cape self.

Michael with Parrot Hat

Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Crocodile, Parrots

Captain Hook's Parrott

Happy Halloween from Trained Parrot Blog

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By Michael Sazhin

Friday October 29th, 2010

Kili and Truman want to wish everyone a happy Halloween. You see, they love Halloween because it is their chance to pretend to be something they are not. Kili has been practicing Truman's contact call and pretending she is him. Truman's been doing all kinds of vocalizations and I have no idea who he's trying to be.

Since everyone thinks pirates have parrots, Kili & Truman decided to be pirates themselves instead. I wonder if they expect me to dress up as a parrot and sit on their shoulders?

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Halloween Parrots - Pumpkin Carving

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By Michael Sazhin

Friday October 29th, 2010

Kili and Truman helped us with pumpkin carving. We had to pause every minute for them to eat some pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. They had a blast. Not only is it a fun toy to play with, but tasty too! I supervised the parrots while my brother carved a jack-o'-lantern.

Introducing your parrot to new objects frequently is a great way to keep the parrot more social and relieve fear aggression. You see, parrots that are easily frightened can become bitey every time they see something they are scared of. But if you create positive stress free introduction with new objects frequently, they will be far less affected by it. Holidays are a great opportunity to introduce them to unfamiliar seasonal stuff.

The parrots watched as all the humans were enthusiastic about the pumpkin. They were just dying to get involved too. If all the humans are doing it, then it must be safe. This is a fantastic way to introduce them to the new stuff they haven't seen before because seeing you play with it reassures them it is good. Don't just give your parrot a pumpkin or the finished carving, let it watch the process which will get it even more excited to play with it.

The parrots were having so much fun that they did not fight once during the whole time, even when Truman accidentally bumped into Kili.

Parrots on pumpkin

Carving Pumpkin

Jackolantern Parrots

Senegal Parrot and Cape Parrot

Cape Parrot with Jack o lantern

Halloween Parrots

Cape Parrot Jackolantern

Cape Parrot eating pumpkin

Senegal Parrot Halloween

Cape Parrot Halloween

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