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.
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.