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African Grey Parrot

About the African Grey Parrot

The African Grey Parrot is a medium-sized, dusty-looking grey bird, with a bright red tail, orange eyes, and a stunning scalloped pattern to its plumage. Females have a pale grey crown with dark grey edges, a grey body, and scarlet tail feathers. The male looks similar to the female, but becomes darker with age. 

African Grey Parrots generally inhabit savannas, coastal mangroves, woodland and edges of forest clearings in their West and Central Africa range. Their diet in the wild consists mostly of palm nuts, seeds, fruits, and leafy matter. African Grey Parrots are also one of the most intelligent birds. In recent years, scientists have found that these birds have the mental and emotional capacities of a 5-year-old human child!

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Individuals select mates carefully and have a lifelong monogamous bond that begins at sexual maturity, at three to five years of age.