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We LOVE African Grey Parrots. From their beak(sometimes not so much ha ha ;)) to their red tail and everything in between we are this bird's biggest fans. So much so we have a whole website dedicated to them. Here at greyparrotworld.com we're all about happy and healthy birds. You will find everything you need and want to know about African Grey's. We will show you their funny side and also the more serious and important stuff like what you want to feed them and how to take care of them in general.

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African Grey Parrot Overview

The African Grey Parrots Psittacus erithacus are found in a broad area of Western and Central Africa. They live in both primary and secondary rainforests. African Greys usually reach maturity at about 4 or 5 years of age, and have a life span of about 50 (or more) years in captivity.

African Grey Parrot History

Keeping Grey Parrots as pets is noted throughout history, probably back to biblical times. One early author of the latter part of the 1800's, Dr. W. T. Greene, wrote several volumes on bird species including "The Grey Parrot and How to Treat It", 1885. He believed this parrot was actually known to the ancient Hebrews some 4000 years ago. In early days the Grey Parrot was frequently called "Jaco" relating to the sound of their natural cry.

This possibly originated with Portuguese seafarers who kept their company on long sea voyages. There are a number of literary citations and other early examples of this parrot being kept as a pet. The wealthy nobility of Europe valued this pet for its attractiveness and speaking ability. In the early 1500's it is said that King Henry VII of England had an African Grey Parrot at Hampton Court.

The oldest surviving example of bird taxidermy is an African Grey Parrot that can be seen in the Westminster Abbey in London. It was the pet parrot of Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Lennox, and it died in 1702, shortly after its mistress.

They are one of the most talented talking/ mimicking birds on the planet. Giving it quite a reputation among bird enthusiasts. Not only do bird keepers love this intelligent bird, it’s one of the most recognizable species to bird novices as well – everyone knows the African grey parrot. This parrot is one of the oldest psitticine species kept by humans. Records of the bird date back to biblical times. Understated beauty and a brainy no-nonsense attitude are what keep this parrot at the peak of popularity.

At first glance, the African grey is a medium-sized, dusty-looking gray bird, almost pigeon-like. Further investigation reveals a bright red tail, intelligent orange eyes, and a stunning scalloped pattern to its plumage.

African grey parrots generally inhabit savannas, coastal mangroves, woodland and edges of forest clearings in their West and Central Africa range. Though the larger of the African grey subspecies is referred to as the Congo African grey, this bird actually has a much wider natural range in Africa, including the Southeastern Ivory Coast, Kenya and Tanzania.

The Timneh African grey is found in a smaller region along the western edge of the Ivory Coast and through southern Guinea. Their wild diet consists mostly of palm nuts, seeds, fruits and leafy matter.

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