Roni outdid herself in the talking area today. She had been out with me, but it was clear she was too excited to be with me and needed time to play rough with her toys, so I put her back in her cage and got out Isaac, the splendid. (She can't be on me when the little birds are on me. She could hurt them.) When I walked past her cage with Isaac, she said, "Hi pretty lady. What ya doin'? Come 'ere." That's the first time I've ever heard her put several phrases together. She used the bird voice, not my voice, but, nevertheless, she was very clear. She got a big laugh and some face to face attention for her comments, so I hope she continues this talking phase. She made many vocalizations in my voice while I was holding her today, but if she is trying to make certain words, I'm not understanding them yet. She uses the voice more and more, though.
I'm sorry that Cayenne bit so hard. I hope Roni doesn't ever develop the hard biting, but I am aware she could. I have been told that female senegals are more reliable in the gentleness area than males. Both get over stimulated and phobic, so owners must be prepared for that and figure out what works for their birds, but I have been told that the females are less likely to become aggressive biters. Roni is much too young to predict whether or not she will, though.
Perhaps, if you really miss the senegal personality, you will find one that is more reliable. Also, meyers are reported in general to be much gentler than senegals, and the meyers I have seen have been. Brown heads are also supposed to be gentler than senegals, but of the brown heads I have interacted with, I could not tell a difference.
Senegals seem to do better with people if they are separated from their clutch mates very early on in the hand-feeding process, some time before weaning. I know this sounds strange, but the store I got Roni from experimented with some clutches from the same parents. When they had a meyers clutch and a senegal clutch very close in age, they would separate them, putting a single senegal in with a single meyers, or even more than one meyers if they had ample meyers. Without fail those senegal babies were gentler. The same thing worked if they had a brown head clutch to mix and match in the same way instead of a meyers clutch. Only the senegals personalities were affected. The meyers and the brown heads turned out just as the meyers and brown heads raised with their clutch mates, but the senegals turned out sweeter than those raised with their clutch mates. I wondered if the meyers would turn out more playful, because sennies are often more playful than meyers, but that didn't seem to happen.
Well, I've rambled on, but if you really miss Cayenne, maybe another poi would do well with you. You do have empty cages, correct?
The book about Senegals and their relatives by Mattie Sue Athen gives great advice for things to do when raising them that really works. I don't know how things will play out when Roni hits sexual maturity, though.