African Grey Parrot

The African Grey parrot is a highly intelligent medium sized parrot. The African Grey is almost entirely grey in colour, apart from the tail which is red.

Size and weight of an African grey parrot

The African grey parrot is around 33cms in length and weighs approximately 400gms. The African grey parrot has a wingspan of 46-52cm.

Country of origin

The African grey parrot is endemic to the Congo in Africa.

Lifespan of an African grey parrot

A healthy African Grey parrot can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 50-70 years.

Temperament of an African grey parrot

The African grey is very intelligent and famed for its ability to mimic speech and perform tasks. It’s believed they have an intelligence of a five-year old child. African greys can be susceptible to behavioural problems due to their sensitive nature. African greys are extremely sociable and thrive on lots of attention and stimulation.

Feeding your parrot

African greys are mainly herbivores, eating nuts, fruit, leaves, bark in the wild. A good balanced diet is required to keep your parrot in good health. A good quality pellet food and sunflower seeds can be offered along with fresh fruits and vegetables including:

  • apples
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • oranges
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • peas
  • peppers
  • sweet potatoes

Fresh drinking water should be available at all times. African Grey Parrots also fequire a source of calcium in their diet.

Housing your African Grey Parrot

Your parrot could live over 50 years, so investing in a suitable cage is essential. The cage should be big enough to home your parrot. Remember the cage is seen as a safe retreat for your parrot. Your cage should be minimum of 2 feet deep x 3 feet wide x 4 feet wide.

The cage should be equipped with perches, feeding and water dishes and toys. It is important to keep your parrot’s cage clean with a bird safe disinfectant or detergent and water.