Scientific Name: Psittacus erithacus
There are two species of African Grey generally kept as pets, the African Grey (which has a red patch of feathers on the underside of the tail ), and the Timneh (with maroon tail feathers). They make a nice "jungle" sound when relaxed. When threatened or frightened they make a growling sound.
Care and feeding:
A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. A minimum size is the commonly found parrot cage measuring 18x18 inches square and 30 inches tall. A much larger cage is much preferred since only by standing in the direct center of the cage could a normal sized Grey keep from rubbing its tail on the bottom in a cage this size. Make sure the cage is placed in a well lighted area free from drafts. Our Greys are housed outside in suspended 4- 5ft of the ground, aviaries 8ft x 4ft x 4ft with 10gauge .5 inch mesh. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. They eat a variety of sprouts, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, as well as the same nutritional foods humans eat.
These birds are native to various parts of Africa including Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, and islands off the west coast of Africa.
Size - Weight:
African Grey grow to a length of 13 to 16 inches (32.5 - 40.6 cm). They are usually somewhat larger than the Timneh.
African Grey Congos are tamed easily and are very sociable if brought up in the right way
Getting African Greys to mate can be difficult, the best method is to put two of them of the opposite sex into a cage, eventually they will grow to know each other, and become companions. If space allows leave a couple of birds together ina large cage and allow the natural process of selection.
There is no easily visible means of sexing these birds. Although some experienced aviculturist can.They are monomorphic and the best, easiest and economical way to get them sexed is by DNA sexing.
This bird is readily available.