Jardine’s parrots are quite acrobatic and enjoy entertaining their owners with newly devised tricks. They’re also highly intelligent and benefit from frequent interaction with their humans. Jardine’s parrots are known for getting involved in games of hide and seek and have been seen using newspaper covering the bottom of their cage to hide under or roll into a tube for hiding. These playful pet birds can be tricksters, twisting themselves into odd positions or lying on their backs in the cage to get a reaction from the owner. When a Jardine’s parrot sees its owner watching them play, they will often begin playing even more to entertain or convince the owner to get involved in their fun. Jardine’s parrots are said to have the comical, playful and animated personality of larger parrots, but without the cost, mess or noise typically associated with bigger pet parrots.
Jardine’s parrots love to talk, and its mimicking ability is close to an African grey’s. They have a pleasant voice, and are gifted whistlers. Jardine’s parrots are known for staying motionless, but get rowdy during playtime. They also go through a nipping stage when they are young, but with proper handling and training, owners can minimize the “teething” as their birds mature. A Jardine’s parrot’s beak can become overgrown, so provide plenty of wood and other hard toys to chew on. Poicephalus parrots thrive on a pellet-based diet along with fresh fruits, vegetables and greens.
“The Jardine’s love to lay on their backs and play with their toys. While all Poichephalus are capable of speaking, most of them have what sound like ‘computer generated’ squeaky little voices, unlike their bigger African cousins the greys, whose speaking voices sound just like their humans.”
Bonnie Kenk, Peace Parrot Education and Adoption Center founder and executive director