The youyou of Senegal or the youyou parrot: who is it? Advice and good breeding practices


Small species of parrot African, the youyou of Senegal enjoys playing the clown in his cage. Of a sensitive nature, the exotic animal needsWarning and play. Close-up on the youyou parrot, its character, its health and its conditions.breeding.

Description of the Senegalese dinghy

The Senegal youyou, or youyou parrot, is distinguished by its plumage green, his gray head and silver cheeks. The color of his eyes tends towards the yellow orange. Its bill is dark gray and black, while its legs are greyish. The parrot weighs 120 to 150 gr for a size between 23 and 25 cm. The Senegalese youyou lives in several countries in the center and West Africa : Senegal, Nigeria, Mali, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad. The species appreciates savannah wooded and arid trees as well as baobab forests. Senegal dinghy life expectancy can reach 30 years.

Youyou parrot lifestyle

In nature, the youyou of Senegal likes to live in little clan. With Madame, he forms a tight-knit couple who spend their time together. In the presence of a female, this bird of character shows itself rather dominant and territorial. Very anchored in its habits, the youyou parrot needs a regular rhythm and an environment stable. He sleeps from sunset to sunrise and rests for two hours in the afternoon. It is up to his master to adapt to the rituals essential to his mental balance. As with many wild animals used to living in the wild, captivity can become anxiety inducing for the exotic bird. It is then a question of offering him the optimal living conditions to promote his well-being.

Education of the duyu of Senegal

You will enjoy seeing this parrot player and fun performing acrobatics in his cage or outside. Always in a good mood, he proves to be sensitive to the point of depress if his master is often absent or does not devote enough time to it. In this case, it may stop feeding or tear off the feathers (pecking). It is advisable to spend at least one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon with him. If the Senegal dinghy is not one of the most talkative, you can still teach him a few words that he likes to repeat. Very endearing and sociable, it is tamed by being regularly manipulated. The youyou parrot tends to trust only its owner and is not easily approached by the rest of the family. By getting used to it very early to different people, he can lower his guard.

Feeding the parrot youyou

In captivity, the diet of the dinghy of Senegal consists mainly of specific seeds to its species that we find in pet Shop. The bird is also fond of fruits, such as apples, bananas and grapes that should be given fresh and well washed to remove all traces of pesticides. Remember to remove the food from its cage before it spoils. The youyou parrot also appreciates the vegetables, buds and young shoots. Its needs in calcium – which ensure good health and vitality – will be filled with a cuttlefish bone, a mineral stone, a block of iodine or even a little crushed egg. Beware of the foods that will be him toxic among which are chocolate and avocado. Also to be avoided: peanuts and sunflower seeds which contain too much lipids.

Habitat of the dinghy of Senegal

The dimensions minimum of a cage for this medium-sized parrot are 80 cm (length and height and 50 cm for depth). But the bird will not disdain a larger space! The Senegalese youyou hardly appreciates being near the ground, therefore do not hesitate to raise its habitat. In its aviary, place the essential accessories: feeder, drinker and perch. Also remember to provide him with resistant toys and natural materials such as drink. The parrot likes the company, its cage must therefore be located in a strategic place: frequented but without back and forth excessive. To keep the dinghy in good health, its living space must be perfectly maintained.

Youyou parrot environment

Originally from sunny countries, the Senegalese dinghy must evolve in an environment luminous without receiving direct sunlight (do not place its cage behind a window). If the temperature does not need to equal that of its natural habitat, it must nevertheless remain stable. The bird – which has fragile lungs – must live in a room airy but free from drafts. Keep it away from ventilation devices, air conditioners and radiators. THE’humidity promotes the development of respiratory diseases, as such, avoid places with high humidity such as kitchens and bathrooms where water vapor will be harmful to him. Keep it away from all types of toxic fumes: cigarette and cooking smoke, insecticide spray, aerosol, paint, nail polish …

Health of the Senegalese dinghy

In terms of its health, the Senegal dinghy can be affected by:

  • THE’aspergillosis. This respiratory disease is caused by fungi that grow in the seeds. The symptoms include in particular a loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea …;
  • From intestinal worms. The infestation of internal parasites results in a decrease in vitality and weight loss. It is important to follow preventive treatment;
  • The salmonellosis. The infection is transmitted by a bacterium called Salmonella and triggers symptoms reminiscent of gastroenteritis (diarrhea, anorexia, depression);
  • The scabies of the beak and nostrils. This parasitic disorder caused by mites appears as grayish spots and scabs on the beak, nostrils and eyes. The bird then loses weight because it has difficulty feeding.

Parrot youyou: precautions to take

By its shimmering plumage and its character, the parrot often arouses a crush. In view of its longevity, its adoption must however be the subject of a long reflection. In your steps, be sure to take several precautions:

  • The youyou must be weaned (generally around 4 months but the age varies according to the individuals). In all cases, it must be able to feed itself;
  • The traceability being obligatory for non-domestic animals, you must obtain the papers attesting to its origin;
  • a certificate from the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development must be provided to you. It has a number CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), guaranteeing the registration of the transit of the parrot.

Make sure that the administrative formalities have been scrupulously completed, otherwise you risk participating at your expense in a trade illicit threatening the extinction of many animal species around the world.

Photo credit: Arne Müseler