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African Grey

Order:

Psittaciformes

Family:

Psittacidae

Young:

chicks

Lifespan:

50 - 70 years

Gestation:

lay 2 - 4 eggs

Distribution:

Western and Central Africa

Habitat:

Lowland Rainforest

Diet:

Herbivore - Fruit, nuts, leaves, bark and flowers

Conservation Status:

Vunerable

 

Facts

African grey parrots Psittacus erithacus have an uncanny ability to mimic speech. They grow to be up to 13 inches in length, and are Africa’s largest parrot.

Their plumage can be various colours of grey, usually slightly darker on the wings and back, with a dramatic crimson tail and their colouring can vary depending on which part of Africa they originate from. 

Like most parrots, the African grey has a hooked beak that is incredibly strong. While few facts are known about wild African grey parrot courtship, it is known that they are monogamous.

The average clutch, or number of eggs laid in one nest, for the African grey is two to four eggs.

The female incubates them alone, while her mate brings her food. After they hatch, both the male and female tend to the chicks.

 

Did you know?

These Parrots are the most popular pet in Europe, the US, and the Middle East due to its incredible ability to mimic the human voice as well as its long lifespan.

It is thought that up to 21% of the global population of African Greya are taken from the wild every year.