african grey, parrot

african grey (congo)

There are two species of African Grey generally kept as pets, the Congo (which has a red patch of feathers on the underside of the tail), and the Timneh (with no red tail feathers).


Will a smart, but nerdy 2 year old wrapped in gray and red feathers fit into your family and life-style? Probably! Intelligent and stately, an African Grey parrot is the best talking of all the parrots. An African grey parrot will talk in human voices and continue to learn more words and phrases over their entire life span. An African Grey parrot seems to know when you are happy or sad, and reacts to you based on how you feel. The African Greys intelligence has been estimated at the level of a 5 year old child with the emotional level of a 2 year old. Good early training is essential and will result in an African Grey parrot being a life long companion.


The African Grey Parrot is revered as the most talented of all talking parrots. Many possess extensive vocabularies and often mimic household owners voices perfectly. Some learn to sing songs all the way through or engage in conversations using multiple "voices". It is not uncommon for a Grey to imitate the sound of a ringing telephone, microwave chime or doorbell. Should an African Grey parrot be your first bird? Novice bird owners who have taken the time to educate themselves about the personality and care requirements of African Grey and who have become comfortable with handling a bird of similar size can coexist quite successfully with a grey parrot. also see African Grey Timneh parrot


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Cockatoos are similar to dogs in that they thrive on affection and touch but usually do not develop extensive vocabularies. African Greys, noted for their great talking ability, fall between these two personality categories, having traits of both. Greys tend to be more individualistic, so it depends on the Grey as to the kind of personality it may have.



Macaws do not make ideal apartment pets because of their twice-daily screaming sessions, at sunrise and sunset, and their ability to dismantle anything they can easily reach, such as the apartment building! However, for those who have a suitable environment, macaws make great pets and can develop pretty good vocabularies and fascinating antics.


What to Look For.

Look for a bird that is interactive and interested in sights and sounds. Look for a baby that expresses interest and attention by puffing out its head and neck feathers, stretching its wings (singly with a leg out or both shoulders stretched straight up), bobbing its head up and down solicitously or quickly wagging its tail from side to side.

These easily observable happiness behaviors are indications that the bird is interested in what is going on.


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Mount Albert, Ontario


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