Senegal Parrots are medium sized parrots that can make excellent companion birds. They do talk, but are more adept at mimicking sounds rather than clear speech. There is some contention that Senegals can develop phobias so it is a good idea to expose them to new things so that they are used to change.
Senegal Parrots are often referred to as "apartment birds". But, I do not believe that to be true for most that I have had come into our rescue. They can make an extremely loud screech at times, but most do not have a reputation of becoming screamers. They are capable of talking, but most only say a few words and mimic sounds such at the microwave beeps, ringing phones, squeaky doors, etc.
A medium sized cage is required for a Senegal Parrot. It should have bar spacing no larger the 5/8" and measure not less than 20" wide x 20" deep and 30" high. It should be big enough to allow lots of room for toys and space enough for the bird to spread its wings. Senegals like to climb and hang upside down while playing. Add lots of perches, boing ropes and a swing to give them places to climb.
The Senegal Parrot diet should consist of medium pellets, fresh vegetables, some fruit, whole grains and some seed. Give a varied diet to keep the bird interested and also to avoid food "phobias". The amount of seed offered should only make up about 20% of their diet. It is not a good practice to allow free feed all day. The best solution is a morning and evening feeding per day with plenty of fresh water available at all times.
Senegal Parrots, or all parrots for that matter, require between ten and twelve hours of quiet and darkness to provide adequate sleep. A TV in the room, talking on the phone, or having a conversation with somebody does not provide good sleep. Even if they are covered they are still not being given the opportunity for uninterrupted sleep with is vital to behavior. Lack of sleep equals a cranky bird.
Senegal Parrots can easily become bonded to one person and tend to become extremely defensive toward anyone else. The best solution is training and socialization in order to control this type of situation. The more interaction with other people, the less likelihood that this behavior will spiral out of control.
Senegal Parrots are not generally prone to feather plucking, but if neglected or board they can resort to that behavior.
Senegal Parrots thrive on regular human interaction, but also can play independently if offered a variety of toys. Foot toys should also be available because they love to play with things they can hold on to and manipulate with their foot.
Be careful when taking your Senegal Parrot outside. Always have it restrained either in a carrier or on a harness. They can fly great distances with just a few flight feathers and can at times spook very easily. Many a Senegal has been lost this way.