Congo African grey parrot, is one good looking parrot, and is also said to be one the smartest birds. They are known to be the best talkers in the bird world achieving an unparalleled vocabulary which is extremely articulate. The African Greys can learn s00 or more words and all kinds of tricks. They also frequently imitate the sounds of their environment, including people.
The African grey parrot’s ability to talk and mimic sounds makes this medium-sized parrot a captivating companion. African grey owners often report that their greys oftentimes talk in context and seem very attuned to their people’s emotions. The African grey parrot is not just a top talker – this bird is also known for its extreme intelligence, which gives them the moniker ” The Einsteins of the Bird World.”
African grey parrots generally inhabit savannas, coastal mangroves, woodland and edges of forest clearings in their West and Central
Africa range. Though the larger of the African grey subspecies is referred to as the Congo African grey, this bird actually has a much
wider natural range in Africa, including the southeastern Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Tanzania. The Timneh African grey is found in a
smaller region along the western edge of the Ivory Coast and through southern Guinea. Their diet in the wild consists mostly of palm
nuts, seeds, fruits, and leafy matter.
Congo African Greys have a gentle nature over all. Their demeanor, along with the ability to talk and mimics sounds have made them
popular pets. Yet keeping them as a pet companion is challenging, and not for everyone. These are long-lived, highly intelligent birds
that need a great deal of stimulation to keep from becoming bored.
Greys are often described as having the intelligence of a five year old and the temperamant of a two year old. I truly believe they are 3 year olds dressed in feathers. A bored, unstimulated African Grey is prone to developing unpleasant behaviors and even health problems. Problem behaviors like feather plucking are very hard to reverse one they start.
With dedication and care, you can have a happy healthy African Grey Parrot and a great family pet. Getting an African Grey that has been well socialized with people and different situations as a young bird will help ensure a good pet. Provide your grey with a large cage, play areas, and a proper diet. Make sure you give your pet lots of interaction and toys for stimulation.
Foods for your pet bird will include a ready made large hookbill seed mix enriched with vitamins. Their dietary requirements include sources of calcium and Vitamin A They eat a variety of sprouts, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat. A cuttle bone or a calcium block is a good source of calcium.
African Greys should not be fed a diet that is high in fat and protein. A lean diet is recommended as recent studies have indicated heart disease and arteriosclerosis occurring in Greys in their late teens and twenties.
*Fresh vegetables you can offer include mustard greens, green peas, cucumber, young dandelion greens, sweet corn, beet greens, carrots, broccoli, unsprayed lettuce,
chickweed, dandelions, eggplant, green peppers, sorrel, spinach leaves, tomatoes and zucchini.
*Fruits that you can offer include, apples, peaches, apricots, bananas, pears, plums, raisons, and most other fruits.
*Avocado and chocolate are considered toxic for birds and sugar and salt should be avoided.