Timneh African Greys are smaller than the Congo African Greys. They grow to 10 inches. They have grey feathers with white accents. Their belly is a lighter grey and fades into an almost white towards the tail. Their tail is not bright red like a Congo but is a darker maroon. Their beaks are also an off white or horn color, and they have a slightly lighter black colored feet then a Congo African Grey.
Timneh African Greys are amazing and intelligent parrots. They are considered the smartest of the parrot family, and the best talkers. Due to this, though, there are certain behaviors that African Greys are prone to if not handled and trained correctly. They will quickly turn to neurotic behaviors and self-mutilation if not given an excellent mental stimulation amount. When not well socialized, they are also known to become biters. Also, if not given enough socialization, they will quickly turn into a “one person” bird, which is very hard to break them off.
Timneh parrot lives typically 50 to 65 years but is now known to live much longer due to better diets and now available care. Thought and consideration should go into the purchasing of a companion bird because these are lifetime companions.
Do not feed birds fruit seeds, avocados, chocolate, onions, apple seeds, uncooked beans, uncooked rice, alcohol, or caffeine. These can cause serious medical problems and kill them.
An 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.
They 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 turning aggressive or turning to self-mutilation.
As stated, Africans are highly intelligent, which can also cause them to lead to neurotic behavior quickly. They need a steady supply of various toys, and socialization to keep them mentally stimulated. All Africans need plenty of mental stimulation and socialization to help keep them happy and 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.