Anyone who has had any interaction with, or has owned a Grey knows that these Parrots are highly intelligent and incredibly beautiful birds. Greys are knows as the “Einsteins” of the bird world and are commonly known for their great speaking abilities. Generally, there are two types of African Grey Parrots; the Congo and the Timneh. So what is the difference?
The Congo African Grey is the most common, and largest African Grey. They average at about 13 inches in length and originate from the Southeast Region of Central Africa. They have a life expectancy that can be all the way up to 50 years in best health, and are usually a lighter grey color with a red tail.
The Timneh African Grey originates from the western region of Guinea, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast of Africa. They average at about 9-10 inches in length and in top health, can live to be 50 years old, like the Congo. They tend to be dark grey or charcoal in color, with a dark maroon tinted tail.
In the wild, African Greys have a diet consisting mostly of seeds, nuts, fruits, and leafy foods. For African Grey owners however, we specialize a blend just to meet the nutritional needs and taste buds of your bird with cuttle bone chunks to maintain their beaks (shop it here).
At home, African Greys are very sensitive and complex birds to own and require a lot of attention. This charmingly brilliant bird is known to be a creature of habit, and doesn’t always react well to change in environment or routine.
These birds are very social and therefore require a lot of hands on interaction and in many cases become “one person” birds, meaning they get attached to one specific person. A lot of the appeal to own an African Grey stems from their notable talking reputation. There is no guarantee that any bird will talk, but many African Greys go as far as repeating full phrases, if worked with frequently. Greys have also been known to understand and recognize specific words and phrases that their owners are saying to them as well.
Greys are prone to vitamin deficiencies and it is crucial, as an owner, to ensure that your bird’s diet is balanced.
They are second (first being Cockatoos) for the dustiness of their plumage, which can be harmful for any owner or family member with allergy or breathing disorders and requires frequent bathing to maintain.
Because of how intelligent these incredible birds are, they often thrive from playing with challenging foraging toys. They have a pretty sharp beak and require toys (commonly wooden, rope, or leather toys) that can be chewed up and beaked without falling right apart.
African Greys are brilliant birds with sharp minds that require them to have a lot of one-on-one attention and need to be regularly worked with to keep busy. Bringing a Grey into your family requires a lot of work and commitment but returns a lot of reward and love as well, usually ending in a happy human owned by a Grey! 🙂
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