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African Grey Parrots

Everything You
need to Know before your
first pet bird

GENERAL INFORMATION

AFRICAN PARROT SOCIETY

AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY

CAPE PARROT WORKING GROUP

THE OASIS-PARROT RESCUE

SAFE HAVEN AVIAN
PLACEMENT & EDUCATION INC.

 

Read about the
world famous
Alex the Grey Parrot!

Who ever said parrots
were just talented mimics never
met this parrot! Featured
on shows such as NOVA
and National Geographic, Alex
has shed new light on
how people view
animal intelligence.

 

The Alex Foundation

 

 

 

African Grey Parrots originated from Africa. These parrots live in large family
flocks in the jungles of Africa.

African Grey parrots are very popular  because of their incredible mimicry abilities.
They can imitate almost any sound.

There are two subspecies of Greys. The larger of the two is the Congo
African grey. This bird is a silvery grey all over with a bright red
tail. The other is the Timneh Grey. The Timneh Grey is a smaller parrot
with a darker grey color and a maroon colored tail. The Congo Grey is about 15 inches in length where as the Timneh is about 12-13 inches and a slimmer body.

African Grey live about 50 years, so if you're going to get one
be prepared for a long friendship.
African Greys are the second most
traded bird species in the world. Currently the United States has banned any
more wild caught parrots from being imported since the enactment of
the U.S. Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1993. There has been enough successful breeding with in the USA to provide pets for the public. Currently, Europe is the largest importer of wild-caught
Greys. Each Year 15,000 parrots are removed from the jungle, and about half
of these die before reaching their destinations.

 
Parrot.jpg (28679 bytes) World Parrot Trust
Research and Conservation
of African Grey and other Parrots

If you would like to help conserve
the wild grey population, please visit
the link above. I love my African
grey parrot but I do not want
to see the wild population wiped
out due to the pet trade. I bought
my parrot from a licensed breeder
here in the USA. If you know of
a wild parrot for sale, please do
not buy it. This will only encourage
more people to remove them from their
homes to sell, and soon there will
not be any left in the wild. As much
as I love pet parrots, there is nothing
compared to seeing a flock of wild
African Greys soaring in the sky, even
if it's only a photo in a magazine.

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