There are 2 species of African Grey Parrots. These are Psittacus erithacus and Psittacus timneh. These parrots are commonly referred to as the Congo African grey and the Timneh African grey, respectively. These parrots are classified as being part of the Psittacidae family which makes these birds "true parrots,"
African Greys are considered to be medium size parrots. Fully grown, they are about 1 foot tall with a wingspan less than 2 feet. African Greys also tend to weigh about 1 pound.
The African Greys' feathers are almost all completely grey. They have some lighter shades on their undersides and darker grey on their backs and the top of their head. They have yellow eyes and red tail feathers.
Males and females look identical. Genetic testing or internal veterinary inspection is necessary to determine the sex of these birds.
In nature, African Grey parrots maintain a diet consisting of fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers, tree bark, insects and snails.
As pets, African grey parrots are fed pellets, fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.
African grey parrots live wildly in African countries, close to the equator.
African grey parrots are considered to be endangered and the capturing of wild birds of these species is illegal. Therefore, African Grey parrots that may be seen in the pet trade come from a lineage of birds that have been bred for the purpose of companionship for generations. This is beneficial to both bird owners, and the African Greys which live in the wild.
As with any pet, it is recommended to bring your pet African Grey Parrot to your veterinarian for regular check-ups. Although uncommon, it is possible for these birds to contract fungal infections, bacterial infections, psittacine beak and feather disease, tapeworms, blood-worms as well as develop tumors. The most common nutrient deficiencies in parrots are calcium and vitamin A deficiencies.
African Grey parrots live for 20 years in the wilds and may live to be in their 40s as pets.
African Grey parrots are a very popular choice for birds owners when choosing a pet parrot. These birds are known for their superior intelligence and talking abilities that could bring a smile to any person's face. African Greys are often considered to have the intelligence of a five year old child.
Another big reason to consider an African grey parrot as your next pet is that African Grey parrots are more content with their alone time then other parrots. Many parrots, especially when they are the only bird in the household desire and seek a large amount of attention from their owner. African Greys do enjoy interacting with their owners but also enjoy playing on their own when their owner is unavailable. Check Florida Bird Breeders Aviary for African Grey Parrots for sale and other parrots for sale.
There are 2 subspecies of African Grey Parrots. The first is the Congo African Grey and the second is the Timneh African Grey. The Congo Grey is sometimes referred to to as the Ghana Grey, Togo Grey, Cameroon Grey, or Angola Grey. These two birds are extremely similar with a few minor differences.
The African Grey has been a favorite for parrot owners for decades, but in recent years Timnehs have also been gaining popularity.
All African Greys are considered to be laid back and observant birds but in comparison to Timnehs, Congos tend to be more fun loving.
The Congo African Grey Parrot is the larger of the 2 birds with a length of 14-16 inches in length and a wingspan of 18-20 inches. These birds may weigh between 350-650 grams. As pets, Congos typically live for 30 to 40 years.
The Congo African Grey has light grey feathers. The tail of the Congo is described as bright red.
The Timneh is the smaller of the two African Grey subspecies. The length of a Timneh is 9 to 11 inches with a weight between 250 to 375 grams. These birds can live for 30 to 50 years.
The tail of the Timneh is described as maroon. It's feathers are described as a darker grey compared to the Congo African Grey.
Timnehs mature quicker than Congo African Greys which earns them a reputation for having a more stable personality. In general, the Timneh is considered more docile than the Congo African Grey. The Timneh is also considered less noisy than the Congo African Grey.
Being that the Timnehs mature quicker, they often start speaking around 6 months of age, whereas the Congo starts speaking at the age of one year old. Once speaking, these birds have equivalent speaking abilities which are regarded by many parrot enthusiasts as the best in the bird world. African Greys are known to be able to precisely mimic their companions words and and build a vocabulary of thousands of words.