African Grey parrots

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Scientific classification

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Aves

Order:Psittaciformes

Family:Psittacidae

Tribe:Psittacini

Genus:Psittacus

Species:

P. erithacus

Binomial name

Psittacus erithacus

Linnaeus1758

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The African Grey parrot is a medium-sized, predominantly grey, black-billed parrot. Its typical weight is 418–526 g, with an approximate length of 33 cm and a wingspan of 46–52 cm. The grey color on the head and wings is generally darker than its body. The head and body feathers have slight white edges. The tail feathers are red. Both sexes appear similar so need to be DNA sexed. The colouration of juveniles is similar to that of adults, but typically their eyes are dark grey to black, in comparison to the yellow irises around dark pupils of the adult birds, and their undertail coverts are tinged with grey.

Grey parrots may live for 40–60 years in captivity, although their mean lifespan in the wild appears to be shorter — approximately 23 years.

 

The grey parrot is native to equatorial Africa, including AngolaCameroon, the CongoGabonIvory CoastGhanaKenya, and Uganda. The species is found inside a range from Kenya to the eastern part of the Ivory Coast. Current estimates for the global population are uncertain and range from 630,000 to 13 million birds. Populations are decreasing worldwide. The species seems to favor dense forests, but can also be found at forest edges and in more open vegetation types, such as gallery and savanna forests.

Grey parrots are monogamous breeders who nest in tree cavities. Each mated pair of parrots needs their own tree for their nest. The hen lays three to five eggs, which she incubates for 30 days while being fed by her mate. The adults defend their nesting sites. Grey parrot chicks require feeding and care from their parents in the nest. The parents take care of them until 4–5 weeks after they are fledged. Young leave the nest at the age of 12 weeks. They weigh 12–14 g at hatching and 372–526 g when they leave their parents.

The species is common in captivity and regularly kept by humans as a companion parrot, prized for its ability to mimic human speech, which makes it one of the most popular avian pets.

African grey parrots are highly intelligent and are considered by many to be one of the most intelligent species of psittacines. Many individuals have been shown to perform at the cognitive level of a four- to six-year-old human child in some tasks. A number of studies have been conducted with African Greys, indicating a slew of higher level cognitive abilities. Experiments have shown that grey parrots can learn number sequences and can learn to associate human voices with the faces of the humans who create them.