Note: Avalon Aviary is not currently able to raise Jardines Parrots due to the untimely death of our female from egg yolk peritonitis. We hope to obtain a new female and begin raising them soon.
Jardine's parrots, Poicephalus gulielmi, are beautiful little creatures. Their feathers are brilliant iridescent emerald green edged in black, and they have a bright orange patch on the top of their head, on the bend of their wings and on their legs. They have dark lower beaks and horn-colored upper beaks with gray tips. We raise the subspecies called "Lesser Jardine's Parrot", Poicephalus gulielmi fatiensis, distinguished from other members of the Jardine's parrot family by their slightly smaller size and significantly larger amount of brilliant orange coloring. Lesser Jardine's parrots originate from Central Africa in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Lesser Jardine's parrots are typically 10-11 inches in length and weigh 200 to 220 grams.
Lesser Jardine's parrots are wonderful little birds that are very affectionate and playful. They are relatively quiet birds with musical calls. They can talk quite well and are usually quite understandable. They also like to imitate strange noises around the house, such as the telephone, doorbell, microwave beep, etc. Jardine's parrots are shy birds that like things to be calm and predictable. They do not do well with a lot of chaos and noise. They do love to be included in what is going on, though, and enjoy snuggling under you chin as you read or watch television.
Jardine's parrots have powerful beaks that are good for chewing even the toughest toys and for opening almonds. If they are startled or afraid they can give a very hard bite; otherwise they tend to be very gentle. Jardine's parrots need to be raised in an environment where they feel completely safe; any trauma at a young age can cause long-range problems like biting. Because they are so shy, Jardine's parrots need to be very comfortable with a new person before they will allow cuddling.
Jardine's parrots are a heavy bodied bird, and it is important for them to learn to fly to build their confidence. It is important to keep this in mind when clipping the wings. It is not necessary to clip a Jardine's parrot's flight feathers as much as most other species. If they are over-clipped they can fall like rocks and hurt themselves. Fear from having fallen or from being shipped can traumatize a Jardine's parrot for life. Such traumatized birds can, from time to time, deliver severe unexpected bites to their people. They can alternate from being very brave to very fearful in a split second.
Jardine's parrots can be wonderful, gentle spirited little parrots, and they thrive in a calm environment that allows them to feel safe. Because of their need for calm and their very hard bite, Jardine's parrots are not a good choice for a family with children. For peaceful households with little to scare them, Jardine's parrots are loving, playful, joyful companion parrots.