African Grey Parrot

African grey parrots are highly intelligent and can possess the same level of intellect as a young child. They 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. The female is the sole incubator of the eggs, of which there are usually between 2 and 4. While the female tends to the eggs, the male goes out to find food for her. Once the eggs hatch, both parents tend to the chicks.

African Grey Parrot

Psittacus erithacus

Distribution: Dense forests of tropical Africa

Diet in the Wild: Varied fruits and seeds

Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Parrot biscuits, varied fruits and vegetables, pecans and oyster shells

IUCN Red List Status: Endangered, population decreasing

Threats: Habitat loss and poaching for the pet trade

Interesting Facts:

African gray parrots are exceptionally good at mimicking human voices, along with many other sounds. This is one of the reasons that they are so desirable in the pet trade. Potential parrot owners should keep in mind, however, that parrots require lots of attention and space, and, due to their curiosity and capability for destruction, they can cause a lot of trouble. The African gray parrot can also live to between 40 and 60 years in captivity, meaning that their owners have a long-term responsibility to them.

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