With plenty of early stimulation, most African Greys will start speaking after one year of age. Even if your African Grey only maintains a handful of words in her vocabulary, it's
certain you'll share an entertaining and interactive life with one of these very special members of the parrot family. Described as the perfect combination of brains and beauty, the African Grey is one of the more popular parrots kept by the aviculturist.
The Congo African Grey is referred to as the nominate (most common) sub-species, while the Princeps African Grey is the least common.
The Congo's pale head and gray body is strikingly offset by its brilliant red tail feathers. African Greys are probably best known for their amazing ability to mimic not only the human voice but also an impressive array of environmental sounds.
African Grey, Grey, Red-tailed Grey
Lowland forests of central Africa; Guinea Islands, Kenya, Tanzania
9" (Timneh African Grey) to 14" (Congo African Grey)
Seeds, nuts, fruits, and berries. Supplement with fresh fruits and vegetables.
All 3 species regulated for importation.
Sensitive to dietary calcium/ phosphorus imbalance. High incidence of Psittacine Beak & Feather Disease virus (PBFD) and Psittacine Proventricular Dilatation Syndrome (PPDS - see The Disease That Starves Your Bird).
Extremely intelligent. Require a great deal of attention to satisfy both emotional needs and mental stimulation.