Size: 35 cm / 13.5 inches
Life Expectancy: 50 - 75 years
About African Grey Parrot
African Gray Parrots are categorized into two sub-species - Congo African Gray and Timneh African Gray. Almost all the African Grays possess high intelligence and the ability to imitate and talk like humans. They also have the potential to mimic sounds and whistles. To enhance these skills, the African Grays need proper attention. However, this may vary from one African Gray to another. They should also be taken out of their cage regularly.
As the name suggests, these birds depict different shades of gray. They have dark gray wings, and a pale-gray rump. A featherless rim of skin around the eyes is whitish to light gray. Their head and neck feathers have paler margins, giving that part of the body a scalloped appearance. The Congo African Gray has a red tail and the Timneh African Gray has a dark-maroon tail.
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Origin of African Grey Parrot
The African Gray Parrots are native to primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa.
- The African Gray Parrots require a large commitment as they require a lot of attention.
- These birds also need a lot of stimulating toys due to their high intelligence and to avoid boredom.
- The height of a African Gray Parrot's cage is typically not important, except in the case of playtop cage that is taller than the owner, in which case the bird can becomes territorial.
The African Gray Parrots are relative quieter birds. This Psittacine family member is popular as the best parrot at mimicry. Studies have shown that the African Gray Parrot can actually understand and use human language. These birds however can be quite temperamental, and are known to be nippy.
African Gray Parrots are particularly known for their feather plucking. Various possibilities work behind triggering this type of behavior in them. It usually varies from improper food habits to boredom and ill treatment. Lack of mental peace can also cause this demeanor. They have the distinctive tendency to bond to only one person.
African Grey Parrot As A Pet
The African Gray Parrots are extremely talkative, intelligent, and sensitive birds. These birds are considered to be the best talkers of all the birds, easily learning hundreds of words and other sounds. These Parrots have been kept as pets since ancient times, when the Romans wrote about them. To calm a screaming African Gray Parrot, fly them on your finger or take them for a walk around the house.
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