Grey parrot

The African grey is not considered endangered but is considered threatened by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Unfortunately, the African grey parrot has become popular in the pet trade due to its attractive colors and unbelievable talent to mimic sounds and words. It is in the top three most commonly traded birds. Due to such a large demand, baby greys are stolen from the wild to supply the market. The U.S. Wild Bird Act forbids the commercial import of any bird listed by CITES, including most parrots — endangered or threatened.

Habitat

The Congo African grey is found in Equatorial Africa, ranging from Angola to The Ivory Coast, inland from Kenya to Tanzania. It inhabits rainforests, cultivated land, mangroves, wooded savannas, and gardens.

Diet

The African grey parrot’s diet consists of the fruits, seeds, nuts, and berries of several native rainforest species, including the flesh of oil-palm trees. Its powerful beak can crush most seeds and nuts.

Did you know?

Greys are incredibly social and may form a communal nesting area of several hundred. They have been observed roosting in tall palms in groups ranging from several hundred to thousands of birds.
African greys have a powder produced by feathers on their flanks that helps clean and protect their feathers. This powder also makes their feathers waterproof, a necessary adaptation for surviving during a tropical climate.
African greys can commonly be seen within the wild on rock bottom at waterholes where they ingest mud and minerals. This is often thought to be an adaptation to catch abreast of increased pesticide and toxin levels in their food – the soil eaten absorbs the toxins that they could otherwise ingest.

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