Timneh African Grey Parrot For Sale
Timneh African gray parrots are smaller than their Congo cousins, and their feathers on their head, back, and upper chest are a darker grey, with a distinct “V” shape of dark feathers over a lighter shade of gray on their abdomen. Their beaks are pink to beige with black sides on the upper beak and black on the lower beak. Some consider them less sensitive than Congo African grays. One of the most intelligent parrots and best talkers, capable of learning human language and speaking words in context, able to learn tricks and figure out simple puzzles.
The Timneh African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus timneh) is the smaller of the African Grey Parrot species at approximately 10 inches (26 cm) in length and weighing approximately 300 grams.
Timneh African Grey Parrots are a dark charcoal gray with a pinkish or horn-colored upper mandible (beak) and a dark maroon colored tail. If you look closely, you will see a beautiful scallop type pattern on the tips of their feathers.
The origins of the Timneh African Grey Parrot are concentrated in the western coastal regions of Guinea, Ghana and the Ivory Coast of Africa.
Timneh African Grey Parrots begin to talk at approximately 6 months to a year. It is believed that they talk sooner than Congo African Greys because Timneh African Grey Parrots mature quicker. Timneh African Grey Parrots are great talkers and can have an extensive vocabulary of hundreds of words. They mimic many voices and sounds. Unlike the Congo, their voices are not an exact replica of the person’s voice they are copying. Timneh African Grey Parrots have their own special little voice – I like to refer to it as a “munchkin” voice as it is so cute. And yes, they do talk in context!
Some people believe the Timneh African Grey Parrot is the calmer and more flexible of the subspecies. Feather plucking does not seem to be an issue with these little guys as it is with CAGs. The Timneh African Grey is more apt to continue playing with their toys and talking when other people besides family are around.
The Timneh African Grey Parrot Psittacus erithacus was first described by Linnaeus in 1758. It has been a lesser known Grey found in the pet market, with the Congo African Grey being the most familiar. But today they are becoming increasingly more available. In aviculture it is known as TAG, a shortened version of Timneh African Grey.
The Timneh is darker gray than its Congo counterpart, with a maroon patch of feathers on the underside of its tail. The beak is primarily black but has an ivory or pinkish color on the upper third of the upper mandible. Juveniles have black eyes that become a yellow cream color by about two years of age. The Timneh ranges between 11 – 13″ (27.5 – 32.5 cm) in length from beak to tail, with a weight between 275 – 400 grams. This is about two thirds the size and weight of the Congo.
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African Greys usually reach maturity at about 4 or 5 years of age. These parrots are very long lived. In captivity they can live 50 or more years, possibly up to 70 years. They make a nice “jungle” sound when relaxed. When threatened or frightened they make a growling sound.
In the wild the African Grey Parrots eats seeds, nuts, fruits, and leafy vegetation. These birds will climb around the tree, rather than flying, picking up food and holding it with a foot while eating. They enjoy eating the outer flesh of the oil-palm nut, and have been observed eating snails. In West Africa, with a fondness for grains, it is said they have become rather bold pests attacking the maize fields.
Foods for your pet bird will include a ready made large hookbill seed mix enriched with vitamins. Their dietary requirements include sources of calcium and Vitamin A. They eat a variety of sprouts, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, commercial pellets, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat. A cuttle bone or a calcium block is a good source of calcium.
African Greys should not be fed a diet that is high in fat and protein. A lean diet is recommended as recent studies have indicated heart disease and arteriosclerosis occurring in Greys in their late teens and twenties.
- Fresh vegetables you can offer include mustard greens, green peas, cucumber, young dandelion greens, sweet corn, beet greens, carrots, broccoli, unsprayed lettuce, chickweed, dandelions, eggplant, green peppers, sorrel, spinach leaves, tomatoes and zucchini.
- Fruits that you can offer include, apples, peaches, apricots, bananas, pears, plums, raisons, and most other fruits.
- Avocado and chocolate are considered toxic for birds and sugar and salt should be avoided.
Most parrots enjoy and occasional shower or bath. A shower can be accomplished with either a hand held shower sprayer or a hose with a fine spray head and lukewarm water. A bath pan or ceramic dish 12″-14″ (30-35 cm) can be placed on the bottom of the cage or mounted at about 39″ (1m) above the floor in an aviary.
The wings of parrots should be kept trim if you want to discourage flight and to prevent the loss of your pet through an open window or door. However you must take care to only trim a few (3-5) feathers because this is a heavy bodied bird, and can be hurt if it falls while taking short flights. The beak and claws need to be trimmed if they are not worn down from climbing and chewing.