So You Are Thinking Of Buying An African Grey? Part 2

Now that you’ve made up your mind and are confident that an African Grey Parrot is the appropriate bird for you, let’s have a look at some of its characteristics.

SUBSPECIES- There are two subspecies of Grey’s, Congo and Timneh.

The Congo is somewhat bigger. They are light grey in appearance, but their cherry red tail and black beak set them apart. They are also a little louder. Timnehs are somewhat deeper in appearance, with a maroon tail and horn-colored mandible.

Both animals are good communicators. However, the Congolese are more intelligent. Timnehs are reported to be the less neurotic of the two species, as well as being less prone to feather plucking. The cause for this is not obvious. Timnehs have not been commonly bred in recent years, and we are just now learning about their personality. They are more temperate than Congos and are becoming increasingly popular.

INTELLIGENCE- African Greys are unquestionably intelligent birds. Grey can converse in a cognitive way and comprehend what others are saying, according to university research. They can converse rather than merely mimicking noises. It has been shown that they can distinguish shapes, colours, and even food items. This makes them a very desirable pet.

PLUCKERS-Congo African Greys are notorious pluckers of feathers. The Timnah species is less prone to this neurotic illness.

Boredom and a lack of human connection are to blame. If neglected, this self-mutilation tendency may cause irreversible skin injury, leaving the bird unable to regrow feathers.

First, any medical disorders that may be causing the plucking must be ruled out. Liver illness, mites, or other health problems might all play a role. This can only be established by consulting with an experienced avian veterinarian. Once you’ve confirmed that the issue is mental, you must identify the root cause and try to repair it.

THEIR PERSONAL FEARS- This is a difficult topic for Greys. Irrational worries do not occur in wild Greys, therefore what causes them in domesticated Greys?

According to research, it is a blend of innate and associative behaviour. For example, instinct informs the Grey that danger is approaching from above. When you take your Grey outdoors and an aircraft soars above, the Grey panics. This does not occur in wild Greys because they have learned from their parents that only a few predators come from above, such as hawks. Domesticated Greys have not been taught this, and as a result, they have many illogical concerns.

Grey may be terrified even by toys. It is fairly uncommon for a Grey to hide in the corner of their cage to avoid a new toy presented by its owners. Even unfamiliar meals might frighten them.

As a result, the pet owner must be acutely aware of the bird’s surroundings. Sure, you know that bump in the middle of the night is simply the furnace turning on… The Grey, on the other hand, sees it as a lurking predator. Your bird must be educated to realise that innate fears must be managed. He must have faith in you. And this will take time to resolve.

Remember that confined pets are completely reliant on you, the owner. If they do not embrace this and really trust you, they will always resort to their fears. This always results in a hostile pet.

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