African Grey Parrot

There are two subspecies of African grey parrots, the Congo grey parrot and the Timneh grey parrot. Both subspecies are playful and extremely intelligent and can possess the same level of intellect as a five year old child. Because of their ability to mimic human sounds and talk, African grey parrots are fairly popular as pets. They can live to be 40-60 years old in captivity although they appear to only live as long as 23 years in the wild. African grey parrots are monogamous breeders and raise their chicks together until the young are old enough to go out on their own. Nests are made in trees that are unoccupied by any other parrots – African greys will not nest in trees with other members of their species.

African Grey Parrot

Psittacus erithacus

Habitat: Lowland rainforests in equatorial Africa

Diet in the wild: Seeds, fruits, nuts, some insects

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Parrot mix with treats of orange, coconut, peanuts, grapes, corn on the cob, apples

Size: Average 13 inches long

Family: The young will stay with their parents for several years

Status: Vulnerable

Did you know? African grey parrots are considered to be among the most intelligent of animal species – they have the ability to recognize objects and solve problems.

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