Welcome to no 14 of 16 Reptile Roadshow Animal Profiles – African Gray Parrot – celebrating 16 years of Reptile Parties and Events
1. African Greys come in two recognized sub-species – Congo African grey (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) and the Timneh African grey (Psittacus erithacus timneh)
2. African Greys are known to be among the most intelligent bird species
3. African Grey parrots have been known to live for up to 80 years in captivity
4. Very emotionally sensitive birds that prefer one family member and don’t handle being bounced from owner to owner
5. keeping a highly intelligent bird from getting bored can be similar to keeping a young child occupied. African Grey parrots need plenty of mental stimulation in order to stay happy and healthy.
6. They have the ability to mimic human speech.
7. The African grey parrot is one of the largest parrots in Africa.
8. In the wild Large flocks of African grey parrots may travel considerable distances in search of fruiting trees.
9. They can get to a Length: 33 cm and a weight of 400 – 490g
10. The African grey parrot inhabits both primary and secondary lowland moist forest. It has also been observed at forest edges and clearings
11. They are extremely noisy and highly noticeable especially at their roosting sites at night. As night falls they gather together sometimes in large numbers.
12. The make nests for breeding and have a clutch size average of two to three and it rarely goes beyond four.
13. The young parrots remain in the nests for about 10 weeks after which they fly off.
14. The African grey parrots have the ability to learn through positive reinforcement just like humans.
15. Egyptians were likely the first to keep African grey parrots as pets.
16. Our African Grey has retired from Reptile Roadshow events, he’s 22 years old and a well loved family pet.
Reptile Roadshow celebrates going strong for 16 years. We hope you enjoyed this animal profile. This reptile is just one of many you can see at Reptile Roadshow events.
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