African Grey Parrot

The African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is a medium-sized bird. It is also known as the Congo Grey Parrot.

The African Grey Parrot is mostly grey with a black beak. It has darker grey feathers on its head and wings. Its tail feathers are red. 

It grows to about 33 centimetres (13 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 46-52 centimetres (18-20 inches). 

African Grey Parrot

The African Grey Parrot is native to Africa, in countries such as Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. It prefers dense forests. 

It is mainly frugivorous, feeding on fruit. It also eats nuts and seeds. 

The African Grey Parrot forms a monogamous pair for life. It makes a nest in tree cavities. The female lays 3-5 eggs, which hatch after 30 days. The male feeds the female while she is sitting on the eggs. Both parents care for the chicks. The chicks leave the nest after about 12 weeks. 

Grey parrots live, on average, for 20-25 years in the wild.

African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrot

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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