Jardine’s parrot – Profile & Care Guide

Common name: Jardine’s parrot
Latin name: Poicephalus gulielmi
Length: 28 – 30cm/11.8 inches
Weight: 200 – 250 grams
Life Span: 20 – 30 years
Origin: Cameroon, Angola, Kenya, Liberia and Tanzania
Noise Level: Low

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Jardine’s parrots have a high intelligence and so require frequent interaction with their adopted human family. They are acrobatic birds and enjoy learning new tricks.

Talking ability

Moderately good. They may well develop a fairly large vocabulary but do not enunciate words clearly.

Feather Plucking

Jardines are not prone to feather plucking; however they do require a fair amount of stimulation in order to prevent boredom.

Housing for your Jardine’s Parrot

  • A cage large enough for the bird to exercise its wings should be provided, and you should allow your bird some hours out of its cage daily.
  • As a suggestion the cage should be a minimum of a 75x75x90cm.
  • The bar spacing should be 2 cm to 2.5 cm
  • Perches should be of natural wood.
  • A medium-sized dish should be offered DAILY for the bird to bathe in.
  • Provide a good selection of appropriate toys.

Feeding your Jardine’s Parrot

  • It is recommended 20 to 40 percent of their diet should consist of top-quality pellets.
  • The other 60 to 80 percent of their diet should consist of a quality seed blend, fresh or colourful vegetables, some grains and a little fruit.
  • Fresh clean water should be available at all times. Food and water dishes should be washed daily.

In summarising, Jardine’s are among the most playful and energetic, with an inclination for “playing dead”(just like the caique). They generally have a steady temperament–sometimes described as an Amazon without the mood swings! Like all pet parrots, they can pluck feathers when bored. They do not have any known behavioural problems but can become nippy if only used to being handled by one person.

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