Congo African Grey Parrot For Sale

Congo African Grey Parrot For Sale

CONGO AFRICAN GREY FACTS:

  • African grey parrots may live for 40–60 years in captivity
  • The Congo subspecies is a lighter grey, with darker grey over the head and both wings, while the head and body feathers have a slight white edge to them.
  • The tail feathers are red.
  • African greys are also highly intelligent, having been shown to perform at the cognitive level of a 4 to 6-year-old child in some tasks.
  • While they are highly intelligent birds, they need enrichment and attention in captivity or they can become distressed; feather plucking is a common symptom.
  • In captivity, it can eat sunflower seeds, bird pellets, a variety of fruits such as pears, orange, pomegranate, apple, and banana, and vegetables such as carrots, cooked sweet potato, celery, fresh kale, peas, and green beans.

Classification

There are 2 species of African Grey Parrots. These are Psittacus erithacus and Psittacus timneh. These parrots are commonly referred to as the Congo African grey and the Timneh African grey, respectively. These parrots are classified as being part of the Psittacidae family which makes these birds “true parrots,”

Size and Appearance

African Greys are considered to be medium size parrots. Fully grown, they are about 1 foot tall with a wingspan less than 2 feet. African Greys also tend to weigh about 1 pound.

The African Greys’ feathers are almost all completely grey. They have some lighter shades on their undersides and darker grey on their backs and the top of their head. They have yellow eyes and red tail feathers.

Males and females look identical. Genetic testing or internal veterinary inspection is necessary to determine the sex of these birds.

Diet

 In nature, African Grey parrots maintain a diet consisting of fruit, nuts, seeds, flowers,  tree bark, insects and snails.

As pets, African grey parrots are fed pellets, fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.

Natural Habitat and Conservation

African grey parrots live wildly in African countries, close to the equator.

African grey parrots are considered to be endangered and the capturing of wild birds of these species is illegal. Therefore, African Grey parrots that may be seen in the pet trade come from a lineage of birds  that have been bred for the purpose of companionship for generations. This is beneficial to both bird owners, and the African Greys which live in the wild.

Health

As with any pet, it is recommended to bring your pet African Grey Parrot to your veterinarian for regular check-ups. Although uncommon, it is possible for these birds to contract fungal infections, bacterial infections,  psittacine beak and feather disease, tapeworms, blood-worms  as well as develop tumors. The most common nutrient deficiencies in parrots are calcium and vitamin A deficiencies.

African Grey parrots live for 20 years in the wilds and may live to be in their 40s as pets.

African Grey Parrots as Pets

 African Grey parrots are a very popular choice for birds owners when choosing a pet parrot.  These birds are known for their superior intelligence  and talking abilities that could bring a smile to any person’s face. African Greys are often considered to have the intelligence of a five year old child.

Another big reason to consider an African grey parrot as your next pet  is that African Grey parrots are more content with their alone time then other parrots. Many parrots, especially when they are the only bird in the household desire and seek a large amount of attention from their owner. African Greys do enjoy interacting with their owners but also enjoy playing on their own when their owner is unavailable.

Additional Information

There are 2 subspecies  of African Grey Parrots. The first is the Congo African Grey and the second is the Timneh African Grey. The Congo Grey is sometimes referred to to as the  Ghana Grey, Togo Grey, Cameroon Grey, or Angola Grey.  These two birds are extremely similar with a few minor differences.

The African Grey has been a favorite for parrot owners for decades, but in recent years Timnehs have also been gaining popularity.

All African Greys are considered to be laid back and observant birds but in comparison to Timnehs, Congos tend to be more fun loving.

The Congo African Grey Parrot is the larger of the 2 birds with a length of 14-16 inches in length and a wingspan of 18-20 inches. These birds may weigh between 350-650 grams. As pets, Congos typically live for 30 to 40 years.

The Congo African Grey has light grey feathers. The tail of the Congo is described as bright red.