The African grey parrot known scientifically as Psittacus erithacus, originated in Central Africa. The parrot consists of two types – the larger Congo (with bright red tail feathers) and smaller Timneh (darker tail feathers). Records relating to when the grey African parrot was initially discovered in Europe are not known to exist, but there is historical evidence that proves that King Henry VIII kept one of these birds as a housepet.
The African grey parrot is relatively large, and is capable of growing as big as 12 to 14 inches in length. On the other hand, the Timneh subspecies is smaller. The main difference is the fact that their tails are relatively short and they are not blessed with beautiful colored plumage. But what they lack in beauty, they compensate for with their intelligence. They are said to be the most intelligent of all parrot types. Some of these birds have vocabularies approaching 1000 words or more.
Behavior and Training.
The African grey parrot is a very social animal. In their natural environment, they rely on the rest of the swarm for their protection and for their emotional well-being. Because they rely on the other birds so much, they read and connect with the emotions and the feelings of their counterparts. This carry over the same behaviour to their owners as well. If you are not happy, are angry or frustrated, the bird will be able to tell and will respond to the emotions.
Essentially, you need to interact with them. Due to the way they depend on the flock, they get bored and down on themselves whenever they are alone. If they spend a lot of time by themselves, they will begin to pick their feathers and may develop some type of aggression. So, this is something to keep in mind before you decide to purchase an African grey parrot. They need to have a solid relationship with you, and if you won’t have the time to be able to commit to that, you should seriously consider buying another species of parrots.
However, what is most remarkable about the African grey parrot is their intelligence. There is an African grey parrot called Alex that was trained by Dr. Irene Pepperberg. This parrot can execute the same tasks that a four year old child can perform, including distinguishing colors, shapes, and numbers of objects.
African grey parrots love to talk. You can teach them larger volume of words and what is really incredible is the way they use the words. Considering the fact that this is just a bird, you cannot fail to appreciate them. Getting him trained can be a fun experience because they are very fast and curious learners. If you would like your bird to be able to speak a particular phrase, say in in a different way.
You can say it in a soft voice, high-pitched voice or any other way. When you are speaking the phrase, look directly at the bird so he is aware that it is what you want him to say. Don’t teach him words that are insulting, dirty or mean. You’ll also want to keep toys around the parrot so that he will not get bored.
Don’t purchase an African grey parrot if you are not absolutely certain that you can fulfil all the care demands relating to the parrot.