Are Senegal Parrots Dusty?

Parrots make lovely pets.

But, any avian lover with severe allergies ought to know that all parrots species produce a minimal amount of feather dust.

Now, birds with oil-based coating on their feathers, usually coming from Central America, South America, and Mexico, produce less dust – barely noticeable dust. 

But birds from Africa, Asia, and Australia, particularly ones with a powder-based coating, generate more dust.

The Senegal parrot does come from Africa.

So, yes, these creatures too are dusty.

But, the Senegal parrot’s dust buildup is meager.

You will hear the testimony of many pet parents of Sennies who claim that even when they clean up the cage of their pets after a matter of a few days, there is minimal dust buildup.

Let’s take a closer look at the habits of Senegal parrots and what you can do to ensure that your parrot’s cage and your home is a free-of-dust environment.

How Can You Stop Parrot Dust?

As mentioned earlier, Senegal parrots are dusty, but they produce very little dust.

As a matter of fact, many parrot owners claim that their Sennie is one of the least messy parrots they have the privilege to own. 

Senegal parrots are mildly duty, but they love to preen.

If they have bonded with their human, they will preen them too.

Another thing is, Senegal parrots don’t tend to create much mess in their cages, unlike their other African cousins, such as the African Gray.

However, if you want to ensure that there are hardly any traces of dust in your Sennie’s cage, you can give your parrot more regular showers.

Some pet parents allow their birds to hang around their shower while bathing.

The steam from the shower helps minimize the dust.

Other parrot owners offer their Sennies to take a soak in the sink with a little warm water to keep away the filth and grime.

However, those who keep more than one parrot species keep an air purifier in the room.

An air purifier reduces the concentration of airborne dust.

And, parrot dust is large enough to be captured by an air purifier.

What Is The Least Dusty Parrot?

All birds produce some level of dander.

However, parrots that preen themselves using a preening oil that exudes from the preening glands are considered hypoallergenic.

Now, dander is produced naturally by birds or results from grooming.

And dander can include flakes of skin, keratin, feathers. 

Speaking of parrot dust alone, that comes from feathers coated in a protective film.

The film is made up of fine keratin known as barbules.

The barb of a feather is the parallel fibers coming off the rachis at a 45-degree angle.

The barbules protect the barb of the feather.

Here’s a list of parrots that generate the least amount of parrot dust:

  • Eclectus parrots
  • Macaws
  • Parakeet
  • Toucans
  • Conure parrots
  • Quaker parrots

Which Parrots Are Dusty?

Yes, all birds do produce dander and parrot dust.

Parrot species that come from dry, arid regions of Africa, Australia, and Asia are particularly dusty.

The three very popular parrot species as domestic pets that produce the most dust are the African Gray, Cockatoo, and Cockatiel.

You must understand that parrot dust is created from a natural process that is good for your parrot.

You need to ensure that the parrot duster is cleaned up as too much parrot dust and dander can cause your feathered friends to develop respiratory diseases. 

Are Senegal Parrots Quiet?

Yes, Sennies aren’t loud creatures at all.

These fantastic animals have great personalities, and they become quite attached to their humans.

Also, Sennies learn to talk as well.

But, most need very early training and socialization. 

Senegal parrots have softer and gentler voices than other parrot species.

Most can acquire a moderate vocabulary if you make an effort to talk to your parrot daily.

Sennie is well-known for its ‘whistling’ and ‘clucking’ sounds.

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Wrapping Up

Sennies make the best pets for avian lovers who love their peace as much as they love caring for beautiful, winged creatures.

And, yes, as Sennies are relatively less dusty and far more quiet than other parrot species, you could say that they make ideal pets for people living in apartments or smaller accommodations. 

But, if you believe that just because your Sennie creates less of a ruckus and dander, it might not have a more vibrant personality.

You couldn’t be more wrong.

Senegal parrots love their humans truly and deeply.

In many cases, they are seen as a parallel to the loyal, affectionate, and friendly golden retriever.


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