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African Grey Parrot For Sale

African Grey Parrot

Sounds: Vocal,  Mimics, Natural calls
Interaction: Social, Fun, Clown,   Cuddly
Specie :African Grey Parrot
​Age : 3 to 14  Months old

Healthy heading

baby and adult
​Sex : Male and Female
​Vaccinated : Yes
​Tamed : Yes
Sex : Male / Female available


African Grey Parrots as Pets: A Complete Ownership Guide

Renowned for their exceptional intelligence and talking ability, African grey parrots can make wonderfully engaging pets for the right owners. However, they also have specialized care needs. Read on for a full overview of African grey history, personality, housing, diet, health, costs, and everything needed to properly care for one of these iconic parrots.

Natural Origins of the African Grey

The African Grey Parrot For Sale  is native to equatorial Africa, inhabiting dense rainforests in countries like Ghana, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and more. Two subspecies exist: the Congo African grey (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) and the Timneh grey (Psittacus erithacus timneh).

Wild African greys live in large, noisy flocks. They use a diversity of vocalizations including screams and squawks to communicate. Their natural diet consists mainly of fruit, nuts, and seeds. Destruction of their rainforest habitat has led to severe population declines.

Complex Personality and Temperament

African Grey Parrot For Sale are extremely intelligent, social parrots. They require constant mental stimulation, training, and human interaction to be well-adjusted pets. When properly socialized and handled gently, African greys often bond very strongly to their owners. However, they can become nippy or noisy if neglected. African greys need attentive, experienced owners able to provide proper lifetime care.

Natural Vocalizations and Speech

In the wild, African greys make a variety of vocalizations including screams, squawks, laughs, and mimicking other species. Their impressive cognitive abilities let them copy noises and human speech with exceptional accuracy and sometimes contextual understanding when trained. African greys are among the most gifted talking parrots, with some individuals learning vocabularies of over 1,000 words.

Appearance and Plumage

African greys earn their common name from their distinctive gray plumage in various soft, powdery shades from light silver to darker charcoal gray. Both the Congo and Timneh subspecies have bright red tail feathers. Their eyes are light yellow. Congo greys tend to be slightly larger than Timnehs on average. But the subspecies are difficult to visually distinguish.

Proper Housing for African Greys

Ensuring adequate housing for active African greys is essential:

  • Very large cage, minimum 36x36x54 inches for one bird
  • Several perches of different sizes and materials
  • Heavy-duty food and water dishes
  • Secure latching doors and mechanisms
  • Foraging, foot, shredding toys rotated frequently
  • Non-toxic litter or cage liner

Greys also need supervised playtime out of cage each day in bird-proofed areas.

Nutrition Recommendations

A nutritious diet is vital for African greys:

  • High-quality pellet mix specific for large parrots, 75-80% of diet
  • Plenty of chopped fruits and vegetables
  • Limited healthy cooked grains and legumes
  • Fresh, filtered water continuously available
  • Occasional nuts, seeds, dried fruits as treats

Avoid food with preservatives, artificial colors/flavors. Monitor intake and droppings.

Exercise and Enrichment Needs

Active and intelligent, African greys need extensive daily stimulation and interaction:

  • Several hours of supervised playtime in a secure, bird-safe room
  • Enrichment through foraging activities, training exercises, puzzle toys, etc.
  • Social interaction time with owners
  • Large play gyms with perches, toys
  • Showering to keep feathers healthy

Lack of exercise and mental stimulation leads to boredom, screaming, feather damaging.

Common Health Issues

With diligent care, African greys can reach 40-60 years or more. Some potential health issues include:

  • Obesity
  • Respiratory infections
  • Psittacine beak and feather disease
  • Toxicity if exposed to lead or other heavy metals
  • Reproductive problems in females
  • Atherosclerosis from high-fat diets

Wellness exams and diagnostics help detect emerging conditions early. Know your bird’s normal patterns.

Finding an African Grey Parrot

Avoid buying unweaned baby greys from pet stores, which may source unethically. Consider adoption through a rescue first. Or carefully choose an avian-experienced breeder focused on proper hand-feeding and socialization. Expect to spend $1000-$2000 or more for a Congo African grey. Make sure you can provide the lifetime commitment these long-lived parrots deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the lifespan of the African grey parrot?

With excellent lifetime care, African greys often reach 40-60 years old or more in captivity. Some exceptionally long-lived greys reach 80 years old.

What food and treats are safe for African greys?

A nutritious diet consists mainly of high-quality pellets, vegetables, fruits, whole grains. Limited treats can include nuts, seeds, dried fruits, crackers.

How much out-of-cage time should an African grey get?

African greys need a minimum of 4-5 hours of supervised play and enrichment time out of cage daily. However, even more exercise is ideal for these active parrots.

Are African greys good apartment birds?

African greys can work in apartments but their vocalizations may disturb neighbors. Their large cage requirements also limit housing options. A house is usually more suitable.

What training is recommended for African greys?

Positive reinforcement training allows you to teach them commands, behaviors and expand their vocabulary. Target training and socialization from a young age is also very important.


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