The African Grey parrot, is a favourite among parrot owners. They are known best for their excellent speaking and vocal ability. A grey body, black beak and striking red tail make for one bright, extremely intelligent parrot. They are capable of learning over 2000 words. The Timneh Grey is an African subspecies.African Grey parrots are somewhat shy and cautious but once the caregiver wins their love and trust, they are devoted and loyal companions.
The natural breeding season for African Greys is from spring to winter, although captive bred Africans will breed all year long. They are sexually mature at 3 to 5 years of age. The female hen will typically lay between three to five eggs. Incubation time is 28 to 30 days. When pulling chicks for hand-feeding, it is best to leave them in the nest with the parents for 2 to 3 weeks. This will ensure they are receiving a strong and healthy start life.
Considered one of the most intelligent parrots in the parrot family, African Greys demand affection and stimulating activities. They will thrive well if given a balanced amount of playtime outside of their cage daily.They require several toys throughout the day to satisfy their need to learn and chew. African Grey parrots should be given a spacious cage, no smaller than 36x36x36 inches.
This species is prone to feather plucking if the nutritional and emotional needs are not met. These intelligent birds will live for sixty years.
Feeding an African Grey parrot the right food is very important because it discloses their health, stress level and ability to learn how to talk. African Grey parrots are very different from other bird species because they have their own choice, different diet pattern and eat different kinds of food.
Depending on how you teach them, some African Grey parrot only eat soft food while others only eat hard fruit, vegetables etc. So it is your duty as their owner to change their diet and give them a wide variation of fruits and vegetables to see what your African Grey parrot likes best.
Be aware that most African Grey parrots fall ill and sick because they eat food that contains less calcium so it is very important to give them a good balance of calcium from food