by Heike Ewing Ott
Are you looking at both the Quaker and Senegal and wondering about the differences between them as far as personality? Although every bird is an individual, there are some general truths about these two species, and this article lets you know what some of those differences are.
All of these “conflicting” viewpoints tell us one thing: although generalizations can be made about various species, no two birds are exactly alike and a great deal depends on an indivdual bird’s breeding, early handling, socialization, and training. Where you get your baby and how it has been raised will be far more important to your level of happiness with it as a pet than what species it is.
Look for a friendly, alert, bright-eyed baby that comes to you, isn’t screaming for food or attention, and is responsive when you pay attention to it. Try to get it from a reputable breeder who loves their birds, works with their babies, and obviously takes excellent care of their breeders.
Quakers are: better talkers, livelier, more playful, a little noisier, more interactive, and handle stress/change better.
Senegals are: quieter, less active, more cuddly, more likely to be a “one-person” bird, and a little more nervous/high-strung. Although I have met a few exceptions, Senegals who speak clearly and have outstanding vocabularies, most Senegals do not talk as well as most Quakers.