Knowing Your African Grey Parrot


African Grey parrots have been popular pets since King Henry VIII of England’s reign. Because of its capacity to communicate, this parrot has become more popular among wealthy households.

Today, innumerable African Grey parrots are hand nurtured by various breeders since they are fantastic and loving companions, as well as one of the most in demand species in various pet businesses due to their high intelligence.

Despite their excellent qualities, African Grey parrots are not suited for all surroundings, particularly those with youngsters, since they are robust, may bite with their sharp beak, and scratch with their intimidating claws.

If you want to acquire or have an African Grey parrot, you should know practically everything there is to know about this kind of parrot so you know what to anticipate.

African Grey Parrot Fundamentals

African Grey parrots are regarded as the finest mimics of all parrots, with people placing high expectations on their final performance due to their extraordinary gift of speech, problem-solving and reasoning abilities, and capacity to grasp human language.

Despite being regarded one of the better sorts of parrots, African Greys are the most neurotic, temperamental, snappy, and timid parrot species.

African Grey Parrots are typically medium-sized parrots endemic to Africa. African Greys are mostly grey with white accents around the eyes. They are also known for their scarlet or maroon tail. There are two subspecies of African Greys: the Congo, which is approximately 12 inches to 30cm tall and has light grey feathers, deep red tails, and black beaks, and the Timneh race, which is smaller and has a deeper charcoal grey hue, a darker maroon tail, and a horn coloured beak. Today, a third and fourth subspecies are identified: the Ghana African Grey, which is similar to the Congo African Grey but darker and smaller, and the Cameroon African Grey, sometimes known as the “huge silvers.”

The physical characteristics of an African Grey parrot can help you determine its sex: males are often larger in size, have round eyes, and a flatter and wider head, whilst females have a longer and slender neck, a tiny rounded head, and elliptical eyes.

These rather calm parrots have a typical lifetime of 50 to 65 years and are reported to eat largely nuts and fruits, with vegetables as a supplement. These birds are noted for plucking their feathers when bored and for bonding with just one person if they are not accustomed to interacting with various individuals on a regular basis.

African Grey parrots, like any other pet parrot, need a significant time investment and effort. If you want to purchase one, the market price for an African Grey parrot currently varies from $750 to $1000.

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