Origin: Across Equatorial Africa
Lifespan: 60 - 70 years in captivity
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This group of parrots is made up of only two breeds.
African Grey (Psittacus erithacus) About 13
inches in size. Often described as Silver Greys or Congo Greys. Of all
parrots African Grey is probably the most well known parrot. When one
considers various qualities it possesses, it comes as no surprise. African
Greys are highly intelligent, have very attractive colouration. Their
ability to talk is not matched by any other parrot.
The downside to all this intelligence is that it makes these amazing
birds very sensitive . Hand reared babies make excellent pets without
a doubt. Due to their sensitive nature they know when things in their
environment are not right. African Greys also get stressed very easily
and in response to this they might start to feather pluck, something which
is quite common in African Greys. If you are going to take on one of these
exciting birds be absolutely sure that you can give them the time and
affection they need.
Timneh Grey (Psittacus timneh) Only an inch
or so smaller than the above, but much darker in colour. Other difference
is that in Timneh the upper mandible is horned coloured where as in Silver
greys it dark. Talking ability and suitability as companion is no different
in both species.
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