The African grey parrot is 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, with records of the bird dating 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 – but further investigation reveals a bright red tail, intelligent orange eyes, and a stunning scalloped pattern to its plumage.
The highly-sought-after African Grey parrot is an incredibly sensitive bird.
Its natural voice is a series of whistles, clicks and rumbling growls, but it is renowned for its ability to imitate noises and speech to a high degree.
Not all African Grey parrots, however, will be brilliant talkers, so this aspect should be a secondary consideration when choosing this species as a companion. Any desirable speech should be considered a bonus!
Proven by scientist Dr Irene Pepperberg to have learning abilities equal to those of a toddler, African Grey Parrots should be treated with the utmost respect, for they will not forget or forgive rough handling, frights or neglect. And as with all parrots, company and stimulation should be high on the list of ‘must haves’ for these wonderful birds.
Socialisation with many understanding ‘parrot people’ at a young age will increase confidence and thus reduce dependency on a single figure later in life.
Two well-known African Grey parrots that I bred and reared are Artha and Casper, much loved – and, as readers of Parrots Magazine will know, much written about - by owner Scott Vandes
Congo African Grey
If you are looking for a Congo African Grey Parrot in the United States or Europe, now is the time of the year to reserve your bird. You will get a well socialized bird from us, guaranteed! In
the United States and Europe, Greys start breeding in October, lay eggs in November and chicks hatch in December - January. Fully weaned babies are ready for their new families from March onwards.
If you truly want the best new bird experience, then you'll want a just weaned baby bird to bond with your family.
By reserving a pre - weaned bird NOW you get to follow its progress through the hand raising and socialization process of your new family member with our 3 Certified Avian Specialists. We send you progress updates on the socialization of your new pet bird. Shipping is additional, and we only ship weaned Parrots.
hysical Description: Congo African Grey parrots are probably the most well-known bird in the entire pet industry. They are entirely grey, with the exception of their brilliantly red tails. Most individuals will maintain a bare patch of skin near their eyes, which will remain white. Unlike the Timneh African Greys, which have two-toned beaks, the beak of a Congo is entirely black. We sell our babies weaned (eating on their own) and well socialized.
Average Lifespan: 40 – 60 years
Sexing: Sexing these birds requires a DNA test, as they are not sexually dimorphic (you cannot tell the sex just by looking at them).
Origin: Africa (Specifically, parts of the Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Tanzania)
Trainability: Congo African Greys are excellent talkers and will often learn to mimic sounds before moving on to words and phrases. They commonly sound like their caretaker, copying male or female voices and inflections. They are infamous for their talking ability and will continue learning throughout their lifetime, though there is no guarantee that each and every bird will talk. A few individuals, for whatever reason, choose not to. Although there is not much difference between the Timneh and the Congo, it has been said that Congos tend to be “one-person” birds – bonding only with their favorite person, and being intolerable of all others. Congos are incredibly intelligent parrots and will need plenty of toys and one-on-one time with their caretakers to occupy them.
Loudness: Congo African Greys are not overly loud birds. They can get a little noisy when they are involved in a rough-and-tumble game, but otherwise they are pretty quiet. In general, the rule is that they will be quiet birds if they are raised in a quiet household. If the household is frequently busy and noisy, then the bird will be, too. They learn their sounds from their surroundings, after all. Congos can make nice apartment birds if they are properly trained.
Timneh African Grey Parrot
The Timneh although not as popular as the larger nominate red tail grey, is equally talented for talking. We have seen many that were just great as a pet and talking. The Timneh is a
sweet natured bird and we have seen many that were very talented talkers, its a big talent in a smaller package.
African Greys are one of the most talked about species of parrots. All greys including the Timneh are well known for talking ability and their intelligence. Since 1979 we now have bred and reared 100's of greys with all being almost the same in one aspect of personality, that is they are timid and somewhat shy around strangers as a general rule. There are exceptions to this I do understand as we have seen some that were not the normal. The normal being timid and shy around strangers. But with all said and done African Greys are one of the highly regarded talking species of all parrots. Almost all become a prized addition to any ones family. Our babies are very sweet and get very attached to their owners. I think one thing that amazes most people about greys is they can mimic and sound just like a certain voice. I have heard some sound like women and men, some can sound like an old mans voice. Greys are one of the best mimics around. Most greys take some time to develop their talents, some taking a couple years to really get going with their talking. But many are shy around strangers and refuse to talk around strangers, but when the strangers leave, they start up.
They make a sweet bird for the beginner or long term bird owners.
I must say this, do not be disappointed if your Grey does not perform like those birds you see on TV or read about, as those birds are highly trained and most pets just do not get that kind of training. Love your bird and enjoy it for what it is.
The African grey the red tail as well the Timneh has been cherished as one of the best talking species of parrots. Accept them for what they are. Never purchase a parrot with talking as the main objective. They are much more than that. These birds are highly affectionate and intelligent creatures sometimes acting like small children.
We own and operate one of the largest and most successful breeding farms on the east coast USA. today. We are professional breeders and we continue to educate people how to properly maintain their birds. When you are ready for that special bird and we have something available we can help you.