African Gray Parrot African Gray Parrot

SCIENTIFIC NAME:  Psittacus erithacus

The African gray parrot is famous for being the largest and greatest talking parrot. The sooty gray parrot has a pale gray rump, bright red tail, black bill and an extensive white area around its yellow eye. It has a high-pitched scream, mimics sounds and can whistle complete tunes. The bird will also imitate movements such as a human waving goodbye, and captive birds require a great deal of attention and affection.

African grays will travel from tree to tree in search of ripe fruit, and will also raid crops such as oil-nut palms and maize. The African Gray Parrot is a noisy bird that lives and feeds in small areas. It will spend its day in small groups of 20-30 birds and will usually pair for life. The parrot will nest alone or in loose colonies, and male birds will perform a mating dance. The male will engage in a display flight around the nest hole. Females usually lay three to four eggs at three-day intervals. The nestlings stay in the nest for about 80 days after hatching and then follow their parents for about four months.



ANIMAL INFORMATION
HABITATCENTRAL-WESTERN AFRICA RAIN FORESTS AND MANGROVES
WEIGHTUP TO ONE LB.
HEIGHT13 INCHES. WINGSPAN UP TO 28 INCHES.
MATINGVARIES WITH LOCATION
GESTATION30 DAYS
YOUNG3-4 EGGS
FAMILYPSITTACIDAE
ORDERPSITTACIFORMES
HABITSOCIABLE, LIVE IN PAIRS AND ROOSTS IN FLOCKS
DIETFRUIT, SEEDS, AND VEGETABLE MATTER
LIFE SPAN50-80 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY


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