African Grey Parrots are charming and the most intelligent amongst all other birds. They are incredibly adorable. These grey parrots mime and can distinguish between different voices. They usually whistle, squeak, shriek, etc. In fact, the owner has to familiarize himself with the parrot’s renditions of the microwave, telephone, doorbell, dripping water, and other sounds around it.
These parrots have an ash-grayish color, with white edgings all over the most distinctive body on the head. They have a small and short tail with a ting of intense red in them. African grey parrots have a short, strong, and black beak. Their eyes can be light yellow or red in color. They have dark grey colored feet with black nails.
Overall, the African Grey Parrot’s behavior is gentle and is very loyal to their masters. Cases of profanity have been witnessed in case of a master change. Now, these species can live up to 70 years if cared for properly.
The African grey parrot is found in equatorial Africa, meaning that it’s native to the African countries that are found near the equator.
These countries include Ghana, Gabon, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, Cameroon, Congo, and the Ivory Coast.
Size Approximately 33 cm (13.2 in.)
Weight Approximately 400 g (14 oz.)
The lifespan of an African grey parrot is around 40 – 80 years in captivity.
If well taken care of, African grey can leave up to 5o to 80 years more.
Care & Feeding
African Grey Parrots are highly intelligent animals that require social interaction and a stimulating environment. Your pet will love spending lots of quality time talking and playing with you, so try teaching it to talk or training it to do basic tricks. Enriching its habitat will improve its quality of life, so offer a mix of perches, and hide treats throughout its enclosure. Puzzles and chewable objects are great sources of entertainment, so provide your African Grey with a steady rotation of store-bought and homemade toys. Ideally, the minimum cage size for this bird would be 36″ long, 24″ wide and 66″ high with ¾” wire spacing.
We feed our African Grey Congo Parrots, a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, fresh kale, broccoli, carrots, apples, and peppers. All fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly washed to remove any harmful chemicals before being fed to the bird. We also feed a variety of Uccello seeds, pellets, and nuts. Feeding pet birds the right foods is important for their health. Balancing a parrot’s diet from the beginning may prevent many health and behavior problems. When feeding pet birds, we must realize that the species of birds we have as companion pets do not all have the same dietary needs.
Personality & Behavior
African greys are the most intelligent of the parrot species. Many grow to be extremely sweet and affectionate toward their owners, and the species is known for being quite sociable. Since they’re not happy staying in a cage all day, it’s important to socialize them with other people. Introduce your pet to a few friends, so your bird becomes comfortable around new people. From there, you can expose your African grey to new environments. Remember that it’s also important for you to bond with your parrot. Spend time talking or playing with your African grey daily.
An African grey that is bored or neglected is an unhappy bird. They are prone to plucking and chewing their feathers, among other bad habits. The TAG has a hardier attitude and maybe better for households with many people coming and going. The CAG prefers a little less chaos.
Speech & Sound
African grey parrots can both talk and sing.
They can be taught specific words and phrases for training purposes, or they can just pick up sounds from their environment over time.
It’s quite common for African grey parrots to surprise their owners with jingles overheard on TV.
It’s said that they have the learning abilities of a 3 – 6-year-old human! One of the most remarkable things about African grey parrots is their intelligence.
There’s a whole list of impressive things that African grey parrots can do. Their skills include:
mimic human speech
identify shapes and colors
learn number sequences
ask unprompted questions
hold entire conversations with their owners
Health & Common Conditions
All our babies’ African greys are DISEASE TESTED negative for Polyomavirus (PVD), Avian Bornavirus (ABV), Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD), Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD), and Chlamydia psittaci. This is extremely important when choosing a lifelong family member. We provide paperwork with every bird we sell.
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We feed our African Grey Congo Parrots, a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, fresh kale, broccoli, carrots, apples, and peppers. All fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly washed to remove any harmful chemicals before being fed to the bird. We also feed a variety of Uccello seeds, pellets, and nuts. Feeding pet birds the right foods is important for their health.
At Bird Breeder Store, we focus on education, nutrition, and conservation. We work very hard to help educate our customers on parrot companionship. Before taking a bird home, we will provide proper housing, creating a safe environment, diet, behavior, hormones, and much more. No question will go unanswered.
Every hand fed baby African Grey Congo Parrots are weaned on to a high variety diet. They are weaned onto fruits and veggies, a soak and sprout mix we make here in the store, high variety seed that we also make here in the store, and naturally colored pellet. If you have questions regarding this baby African Grey Congo Parrots or any others that we have available, please give us a call! For more pictures, videos, and information