The African grey is a species extremely prized for its intelligence, its ability to speak and its sociability. It has been appreciated for thousands of years, because already the rich Greeks and then the Romans loved these birds so special that knew how to reproduce the language of men.
Its popularity should not, however, make us forget that the Grey is a difficult bird, which requires a lot of care and attention and which will not suit everyone. This article aims to give you a panorama of this bird so special to help you choose if it suits you, and to avoid the main pitfalls that can be encountered. Follow the guide.
Some figures about the African graym:
Latin name: Psittacus erithacus
Adult weight: 370-550 g.
Sexual maturity: 4 to 6 years.
reproduction season: early spring.
Incubation time: 26-28 day.
Number of eggs per clutch: 3-4 eggs.
Out of the nest: 50-65 day.
Weaning age: 100-120 day (75-90 high by hand).
Life expectancy: 50 to 60 years.
The African gery food:
First of all, seed mixtures: even if they contain vitamins, they do not correspond to basic nutritional needs. For example, cereals such as millet, sunflower, oats or corn are deficient in at least 32 essential nutrients, with the risk that they will be contaminated with pesticides, preservatives or fungi. In addition, the seeds promote the sorting of the animal, which does not eat everything, especially the pods. The problem is that often the birds are crazy about it and it is very difficult to make them change their diet! Ask your treating veterinarian for advice to help you change your bird’s bad eating habits!
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Foods to avoid:
avocado, parsley, onion, potato, apple seeds, peas, meat, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, sugar, fat, salt
The African Grey Parrot best cage
Cage size: the larger it is, the better. You will need a large cage for these birds. I recommend a minimum in the area of 90 cm by 60 cm by 120 cm in height, but a larger size is definitely better when it comes to housing parrots.
The spacing of the mesh should be 1.9 to 2.5 cm.
At least part of the cage should have horizontal bars to allow the bird to climb to the sides of the cage.
The cage should be placed in a part of the house where the bird will have a lot of contact with people, but ideally not the most frantic of the house. Keep the cage away from the windows, where the Greys would receive direct sunlight (which could overheat them), away from drafts, and not too close to radiators or air conditioning ducts.
A selection of perches should be provided – varied in size and material (for example, natural branches such as manzanita wood, which is often available on pet stores). Soft, slippery perches should not be used, nor should perches covered with sandpaper.
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Get a good selection of toys – the right size and after checking for safety (see in particular the parts that could be swallowed, the risk of strangulation or traps). Having a good selection of toys and spinning them in the cage can help you provide entertainment and stimulation to your bird.
Plan to let your Gabon Grey spend a lot of time outside its cage, every day.
Is the African gray parrot bites?
The Greys have some reputation for biting, but this is largely due to socialization problems. Like other parrots, they bite, especially if they feel threatened in one way or another. However, the confidence of a Gabonese Grey Parrot must be earned with patience and respect, and pushing the interaction with a Grey who does not fully trust you can earn you a bite. They also have an excellent perception of the mood of the people around them, and so they should be approached with a calm and relaxed attitude, or the bird could become restless or excited. In addition, a parrot that is bored, or stressed is more likely to have behavioural problems, including biting, so be sure that the bird’s emotional, mental and physical needs are met: this will avoid problems. The intelligence of these birds means that they must have a lot of social interactions with their owners and mental and physical stimulation.