The Congo African Grey parrot is a favorite among parrot owners. A very intelligent parrot, they are known best for their excellent speaking and sound ability. They are capable of learning over 2000 words!
The Timneh Grey is an african subspecies. They are smaller in size and have a darker grey body, a horn colored beak, and maroon coloring on the tail feathers.
African Grey parrots are somewhat shy and cautious but once the caretaker wins their love and trust they are devoted and loyal companions.
African Grey parrots originate from Central Africa.
African Grey parrots require a complete balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, a high quality seed mixture, and commercial parrot pellets. They can be susceptible to calcium deficiencies, a cuttle bone and extra foods such as crushed egg shells will greatly reduce this risk. Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list.
The natural breeding season for African Grey Parrots is from spring to fall, although captive bred Africans will breed all year long. They are sexually mature at 3 to 5 years of age. The female hen will typically lay between three to five eggs. Incubation time is 28 to 30 days. When pulling chicks for handfeeding, it is best to leave them in the nest with the parents for 2 to 3 weeks. This will ensure they are receiving a strong and healthy start.
African Grey parrots should be given a spacious cage, no smaller than 36X36X36. We highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in.
Considered one of the most intelligent parrots in the parrot family, African Greys demand affection and stimulating activities. They will thrive well if given a balanced amount of playtime outside of their cage daily. They require several toys throughout the day to satisfy their need to learn and chew.
This species is prone to feather plucking if the nutritional and emotional needs are not met. These intelligent birds will live for 40 to 60 years and are best suited for people who have experience with pet birds and are familiar with their ongoing care requirements.