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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: 14 years, 2 months
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Type: Cape Parrot
Genus: Poicephalus
Subspecies: Fuscicollis
Sex: Male
Weight: 330 grams
Height: 13 inches
Age: 12 years, 5 months
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Genus: Ara
Sex: Female
Weight: 850 grams
Height: 26 inches
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Parrot Foraging Tower

Comments (13)

By Michael Sazhin

Friday January 27th, 2012

I came across a Parrot Foraging Tower at the bird store while shopping for some supplies. It was very expensive but the store owner seemed fairly eager to get rid of it by lowering the price to just expensive. Thus I brought the tower home for Kili and Truman to play with.

Kili being the trained parrot that she is was ready to learn the trick but only with my guidance. She would not just play with the tabs and figure it out on her own despite the treat being in plain sight. She waited for me to show/tell her what to do but then mastered the basic task very quickly through clicker training. She already knew the pull command from the magic drawer trick so it was mainly a matter of clicker training her to apply it to the tower. But the tower is much bigger than she is, so she couldn't go beyond two tabs to pull on.

Senegal Parrot Pulling Tab

Senegal Parrot Eating Pistachio Nut

Truman on the other hand became master of the parrot foraging tower. Not only is he tall enough to reach the top tab if he stands on his tippy toes, but his hooked beak is perfect for pulling the tabs open. Truman had a slight advantage in that he watched me train the trick to Kili. However, I never worked with him and the only rewards he got for attempting the trick were from the tower itself. After just a handful of almonds and sessions, Truman learned that pulling all the tabs out was key to getting the nut to fall out. Still, he does not follow any logical sequence for pulling the tabs. However, from a reinforcement standpoint, the sequence is irrelevant and the nut will only come out when all tabs are pulled out.

Foraging Tower Cape Parrot

All advantages are on the side of Truman with this one. Not only on size and strength but also perseverance. Kili is more focused on following commands and doing tricks to earn treats from me. If the toy isn't rewarding her quickly enough, she'll turn to me and say hello or show her wings for a treat rather than keep working at it. On the other hand Truman is slower and more thoughtful. He'll approach the tower from different sides and keep working for 10 minutes if he has to until the nut is his. Then he'll spend a few more minutes still, working the nut out of its shell. Quite the entertainment package for a brainy Cape Parrot. In the video you can see Truman step away and think before approaching the tower again. He takes many breaks but he doesn't give up. His persistence pays off with a large tasty nut.

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Posted on January 27, 2012 09:59PM

they are great! it looked like Truman was checking the floor around the table to see if the nut fell yet. So cute.


Posted on January 27, 2012 10:23PM

I watched the video with Léa close-by - when Truman flew to the ground to retrieve his almond and made the "woo" noise as he landed, that got Léa quite interested; she looked up intently at the screen and made a very similar "woo" noise back at him!


Posted on January 28, 2012 08:33AM

I gotta get one of these. I found one online from NORTHERNPARROTS.COM, but they're in England. I don't know if they'll ship to the US. I've written them an email to ask, but I probably won't hear anything back until Monday. Did the one your purchased have any identifying tags from the manufacturer? Did the store you purchased from have any more?


Posted on January 28, 2012 02:52PM

Nope. It was the last one and no tags. That's why I think I managed a little discount on it.


Posted on February 2, 2012 04:53AM

Do you know any good foraging toys for budgies?


Posted on February 2, 2012 07:36AM

Yep, millet wrapped in tissue paper, and a shallow dish with lots of seedhusks, shredded newspaper and a small amount of seeds.


Posted on February 2, 2012 03:05PM

Is tissue paper safe? Perry has come to believe that everything is edible.


Posted on February 2, 2012 07:13PM

Of course it's safe.. Bark, wood, plastic all fall off in pieces when birds chew on them. They learn it's not food.


Posted on February 3, 2012 02:05AM

White tissue paper? Would the bleach be harmful?


Posted on February 3, 2012 02:18AM

Just regular dinner napkins and from what I know, no it's not toxic at all. They make it nontoxic because people may ingest some too.


Posted on February 3, 2012 02:39AM

Oh okay thank you!


Posted on February 15, 2012 10:20AM

I've seen a lot of budgies hallowing out light wood so I guess getting a block and drill small holes and poke in nuts etc would be terrific for budgies to dig out, I use heavier wood for my amazon doing that. And I saw them selling blocks of light wood shaped into a bamboo shape with a hole started in it that was basically designed for budgies to dig out a nest from


Posted on June 2, 2013 08:52PM

For my budgie, I found a small "cage" into which I stuff paper, small ring toys, natural millet sprigs and so on. Wiki enjoys working those things out. Small vine balls can be used the same way.

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