African Greys are amazing, and intelligent parrots. They are considered the smartest of the parrot family, and the best talkers. Due to this, there are certain behaviors that African Greys are prone to if not handled, and trained correctly. Also, if not given enough socialization they will very quickly turn into a “one person” bird which is very hard to break them of.
Congo African Greys normally live to 65 years, but are now know to live much longer due to better diets, and care that’s now available.Thought, and consideration should go into the purchasing of a companion bird because these are lifetime companions.
The Congo African grey (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) is the nominate and more popular grey of the subspecies that we see in the pet trade. Perhaps it is due to the lure of its bright red tail. The Congo grey is the larger of the two subspecies. Other common names include: Ghana, Togo, Cameroon and Angola greys; however, they are all the same subspecies. The nominate Psittacus erithacus erithacus originates from different regions or countries of Africa. Regional origin accounts for variations in coloration and size.
The Congo African grey parrot has shades of grey covering the body. The feathers appear darker on the head and gradually lighten to a light silvery grey toward the chest and leg area. Darker feathers appear to have a white-scalloped edging, but if you look closely, many of the silver feathers have the same white tips. The wings are darker, and the primary coverts are a very dark grey to almost black. The eye area is void of feathers and is actually a bright white patch of skin. When you hear of a grey parrot “blushing” this describes that white patch of skin turning pink. The toe nails and beak are a solid black, and the most magnificent finale on the Congo grey parrot is its bright red tail.
A Congo African Grey’s diet should consist of 70% pellets, and 30% fresh fruit & veggies. They can be very picky eaters, which leads to people giving them seed as their main source of food. This will cause health problems, diet issues, and obesity.
TThey do need a large amount of social interaction so they can bond with your “flock”. They are considered the most intelligent of all parrots, and need a lot of stimulation to keep them from becoming aggressive or self-mutilating.
African Greys are highly intelligent. They need a steady supply of various toys, and socialization to keep them mentally stimulated. All Africans need plenty of mental stimulation, and socializtion to help keep them happy, and to keep them from turning to neurotic and self-destructive behaviors that African Greys are known to do if they’re not cared for properly.
They need a variety of differently sized perches to help exercise and stretch their feet.