Petting an African grey parrot is one of the wonderful decisions of your life. These parrots considered lifelong companions due to their longer life periods. The average age-span in African greys is 70-80 years which is about equal to human lifespan. It requires a serious long-term commitment to have this playful, loving and very intelligent bird.
While talking about intelligence of African Grey Parrots, we would love to share that these lovely birds are famous as “Einstein’s” of the parrots’ world. They are blessed with the incredible amazing talking ability. They are well-known for bringing laughter and joys into their owner’s life.
Origin of African Grey Parrot
There are three families of true parrots; Psittacidae, Psittacidae and Psittrichasiidae, descending from Psittacoidea ancient family of the parrots. African Grey parrots belongs to Psittacidae (family of parrots) while macaw is known as cousin of African Grey Parrots.
African Grey parrot is a grey coloured, medium sized with red or maroon tail. The average weight is 400 grams. Length of this parrot is 33 cm and an average wingspan of 46–52 cm.
African Grey parrot can judge our moods, surprised?
This most intelligent bird is also valued for its highly incredible and sensitive empathy with human friends. It can feel and understand human’s deepest emotions, moods, and energy. These emotions reflect its behaviour.
This playful bird is expert of mimicking human speech, interesting?
In Japan, a ran away African Grey reached back home by repeating owner’s name & address.
Types of African Grey Parrots
There are two main types of African Grey Parrots.
- The Congo African Grey (CAG)
- The Timneh African Grey (TAG)
Some says that there are 3 main type of African Greys and the third one they mention is “Ghana or West African Parrot“, it’s similar to the earlier mentioned Congo African Grey.
There are two or more unique and new types too.
- The grey Gabon maybe albino (white with red tail)
- Lutino (yellow pigmentation)
- Incomplete blue (white tail),
- “Grizzles” (slightly pinkish found in feathers)
- and Parino (light gray).
There are also individual African greys with pink or red feathers. Those are not a mutation, but can say aberration of plumage.
African Grey loves to accompanied with human being and hates loneliness. The company of such intelligent mimicker bird buddy is full-time fun and joy for humans too.
Habitation of African Grey Parrot
The African Grey Parrot is endemic to the Congo, Africa & lives in the rainforest under the “arch” between 15 and 25 meters above the ground. Excellent climber and almost exclusively arboreal. It descends only to drink at the lakes and rivers around which usually installs its colony.
In the wild, their diet is rich in vegetable fat protein and vitamin A. It is fond of palm nuts (rich in fat and vitamin A), seeds of the coffee and palm fruit (elaeis guinensis). His digestive system is perfectly suited to this kind of diet.
due to the density of the rainforest. the African grey must fly above the trees high. sometimes up to an altitude of 700 meters.