The African Grey
is a very intelligent parrot. They are generally excellent talkers and have
fantastic and distinct
They are perhaps
the most popular and widely kept species of pet parrots, and it's not hard
to see why!
There are two main
recognized sub-species of African Grey. The Congo African Grey and the
Timneh African Grey.
They come from
different areas of Africa and have some slight physical
The Congo Grey has
an all dark grey/black beak whereas the Timneh Grey has a light coloured
patch on its upper mandible.
The Timneh is also slightly smaller in
size and has a duller red tail than the Congo.
The average life expectancy of an African grey
is approximately 50-70 years.
Greys are well known for their talking
abilities and can build up a vocabulary of hundreds of words, phrases and noises.
Research has proved that Greys are intelligent
enough not just to mimic, but to actually understand human language and communicate wants and feelings among many
other clever things.
Some people are put off of african greys
because they think that they are 'cold' and too independent. But, while greys are more independent, they are
also extremely affectionate and loving. They provide hours of entertainment and joy.
African Grey Parrot facts
A. Talking African grey parrots
1. When do greys
parrots start talking?
cases, 3 month old Greys have been observed trying to "talk." Generally, for
the first nine months in their new home,
absorbing the sounds around them and will expand their vocabulary of whistles
and sounds. By their first birthday they should be talking quite well; if you
have been taking the time to work with them. Greys are very social: they enjoy
talking with you.
2. Is it hard to teach
a african grey parrot to talk?
Greys are considered the most intelligent of
talking birds. There are three basic methods of teaching, but a key element is the strength of the bond between
owner and pet. Greys will build a "family" vocabulary : learning the names of family members or other pets,
and picking up frequently repeated expressions. (Watch your language!) You may make, or use pre-recorded
cassette tapes, or CDs, to train your bird while you're away. Third, you may use repetition to "drill" your bird on
words and phrases you want it to learn.
3. How large can africans grey parrots vocabulary
A greys vocabulary can be immeasureable.A
skilled talker would have about 200 words. At minimum you could probably expect a vocabulary around 100
4. Do grey parrots understand what they're
In a contextual sense, apparently yes. For
example, if you're coming home, your Grey won't say "goodbye;" similarly, if you are leaving for work in the
morning, the bird knows better than to say "hello." African Greys can also count numerically and recognize shapes
B. Greys as pets
5. Do Greys make good family
Yes. African Greys are noted for the
sociability and will bond with anyone who spends time with them , even other pets. At the same time, if one family
member spends most of the time with the bird while others essentially ignore it, the grey may become a "one person
pet." It's also important to remember that, in the early stages of their life, African Greys are "children," and,
like any other pet , a cat or a dog ; they need to learn the rules of your home. There are several approaches to
training and "discipline."
C. African grey parrots health and
6. What about my parrot health and feeding - any special
African Greys are a hardy, healthy species with
a life expectancy of 70 years and more. Balanced diet is important, but not particularly challenging. The worst
thing I think you can do is feed your Grey bird seed.It has virtually no nutritional value. Calcium supplements in
the form of cuttlebones are helpful. Diet isn't the only factor. Make sure your grey has lots of opportunity to
exercise ; in and out of the cage. (You can clip the bird's flight feathers to limit his/her flying
D. African grey parrot
7. How big my parrot cage should be? What about toys,
This may depend on your bird's wingspan, but
generally speaking, a cage two feet deep, 30 inches (1inch=2.54cm.) across and 30 inches high will comfortably
house your Grey. Perches, toys, bells and talk-back toys encourage exercise in the cage. Additionally, your Grey
should have a perch and play area outside the cage ; you can arrange it beside or atop the cage; and needs to be
allowed out of the cage when family members are home.
E. African Grey parrot behavior
8. What will l do my african grey parrot when I go on
You can give your parrot to a friend to look
after when you are away or you can board him/her at a bird store.In both of cases the problem is that the bird can
be stressed because he/she will miss you. He/she will be troubled and probably will begin to eat nothing.But also
how the bird will react depends on the bird's personality.If you decide to leave your Grey
with a friend or board at a bird store, do a test run.
Let your friend or the vet take care of the
bird for few days while you are still home. So in case of a problem, you will be close by.This way you can
see how your bird will react.If you want to board him/her at a bird store look for one that requires a certificate
of health, that way your birds won`t get infected while they are away.
You can also leave your parrot at home.What is
sometimes hardest for them is change of location.But `definitely` someone must come to your home for feed,clean and
check on your bird.Your parrot also needs to get attention for few hours each day.