Types of African Grey Parrots

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Timneh African Grey
Timneh African Grey

The most commonly know types/subspecies of african grey parrots are :

  1. The Congo African Grey (CAG)
  2. The Timneh African Grey (TAG)

Difference Between Congo and Timneh African Grey:

Both subspecies are equally common but they are found in different regions of the world. Some most common and striking differences are tail color, feathers color, tail color and size. The complete comparison of these two types is elaborated here in form of a table.

Congo African Grey
(Psittacus erithacus erithacus)

Congo African Grey
Congo African Grey
Timneh African Grey
(Psittacus erithacus timneh)

Timneh African Grey
Timneh African Grey
Congo African Grey Parrots are more common. Timneh African Grey Parrots are less Common.
Congo African Grey are larger in size. The gray of Gabon measure between 26 and 35 cm and weighs about 450 grams. Timneh African Grey Parrots are smaller in Size. It measures between 26 and 32.5 cm, almost a third less than the congo grey (Psittacus erithacus erithacus). It weighs between 300 and 400 grams in general.
Congo African Grey are Gray in Color. Timneh African Grey Parrots are dark Charcoal Gray in Color.
Congo African Grey Parrots have Bright Red Tail. Timneh African Grey Parrots have Dark Maroon colored Tail.
Congo African Grey Parrots have solid Black Beak. Its beak is black and thick. Timneh African Grey Parrots have Pinkish / Horn Colored Beak. The upper mandible is beige and the gray anthracite or black bottom.
The pupil is gray in young individuals, and gradually change to yellow in adulthood.  The skin around the eye is naked and almost white. The eyes of juveniles are dark gray to black with age they become pale yellow.
Congo African Grey Parrots originate in Central Africa, from the southeast portion of the Ivory Coast extending to western Kenya and down to Tanzania and Angola. The origins of the Timneh African Grey Parrot are concentrated in the western coastal regions of Guinea, Ghana and the Ivory Coast of Africa.
Congo African Grey Parrots are talented talkers and begin talking between 12 and 18 months old. Timneh African Grey Parrots begin to talk at approximately 6 months to a year.
Feather plucking habit is more common in Congo African Grey Parrots. Timneh African Grey Parrots has less common habit of feather plucking.

 

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