Congo African Grey Parrots
Family - Parrot
Nick Names - African Grey Congo
Description - Congo African Grey Parrots are extremely intelligent birds. African Grey Parrots are excellent talkers, very mischievous, and extremely curious. Some Congo African Greys have 2000+ word vocabularies. Congo African Greys tend to be very suspicious of strangers and tend to bond to a single person. Congo African Greys demand to be included in all family activies and conversations. Adult Congo African Greys have light yellow coloring iris', solid black beaks, and beautiful, bright, red, tail feathers.
Temperament - Due to the extreme intelligence of all African Grey Parrots the temperment of each individual bird can vary dramatically. Your African Grey's temperment will depend on his genetic disposition and his environment (particularly in early development). Some breeder raise their baby african greys with their cockatoos babies to encourage a friendlier disposition. The temperment of your African Grey Parrot depends on "nature and nuture", the genetic nature of your African Grey Parrot and how your African Grey Parrot is/was nutured.
Sexing - The only way to be absolutely sure about the sex of your African Grey Parrot is DNA testing or finding an egg in the cage. Usually the male african grey parrot has a flatter, wider head and is a little bigger in size than the female african grey parrot. The female african grey parrot usually has a longer, thinner neck.
Origin - Central belt of Africa; southeast Ivory Coast east to western Kenya and south to northern Angola, southern Congo and northwest Tanzania; islands of Fernando Poo and Principe.
Trainability - African Grey Parrots are about as trainable as a very young child. Their extreme intelligence and manual dexterity makes them capable of doing an amazing number of tricks, but their high intelligence makes them very much like small children who can be difficult to motivate to do tricks. If loved and left to it's own devices your African Grey will perform many tricks on her own (call the dog, simulate door bells, simulate the microwave, simulate the phone and a one sided phone conversation...) with extreme care and loving devotion you can teach some African Grey to do tricks. Greys are very creative, intelligent and attention hungry so a loved one will find ways to amuse you all by themselves.
Loudness - moderate
Your african grey parrot needs a wide variety of food. They need pellets and seed mixes, fresh fruits, vegetables, and table food. Your grey will show distinct preferences, but you must take control. A grey will gorge on Sunflower seeds to the neglect of more nutritious food. greys need extra calcium, as they are unable to store it in their bones. Oranges, collard and/or mustard greens, and cooked broccoli are excellent dietary supplements.
Desired Cage size - Minumum cage size. 30"x30"x30" (length X width X height)Length: 12-13 inches
Life span: 40-65 years