Jodi's Exotic Birds
Congo African Gray
The Congo African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus), is a medium to large sized parrot from West and Central Africa. Experts regard it as one of the most intelligent birds in the world and they are often compared to Chimpanzees and Dolphins. They are about 11 – 13 in. long and have a lifespan of about 50 – 60 years in captivity. There have been claims of them living into their 90’s.
They are amazing mimics and talkers. An African Grey's owner should expect to hear regular renditions of microwaves, telephones, alarm clocks, video games, and other electronic sounds, as well as dripping water, other birds, and any other sound often heard by the parrot. They also have the ability to mimic, and distinguish between the different voices they hear. Their overall gentle nature and talking ability have made them popular pets.
Two subspecies are universally accepted:
Congo African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus):
This is the larger, nominate subspecies, at about 13 in. long, with light grey feathers, bright red tails, and an all black beak. These birds also initially have grey irises, which change to a pale yellow color by the time the bird is a year old.
Timneh African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus timneh):
This subspecies is smaller in size, at about 11 in. long, with darker charcoal grey coloring, a maroon tail, and a light, horn-colored area on the upper mandible.