AFRICAN GREY PARROTS
Physical Description: Congo African Grey parrots are probably the most well-known bird in the entire pet industry. They are entirely grey, with the exception of their brilliantly red tails. Most individuals will maintain a bare patch of skin near their eyes, which will remain white. Unlike the Timneh African Greys, which have two-toned beaks, the beak of a Congo is entirely black. We sell our babies weaned (eating on their own) and well socialized.
Average Lifespan: 40 – 60 years
Sexing: Sexing these birds requires a DNA test, as they are not sexually dimorphic (you cannot tell the sex just by looking at them).
Origin: Africa (Specifically, parts of the Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Tanzania)
Trainability: Congo African Greys are excellent talkers and will often learn to mimic sounds before moving on to words and phrases. They commonly sound like their caretaker, copying male or female voices and inflections. They are infamous for their talking ability and will continue learning throughout their lifetime, though there is no guarantee that each and every bird will talk. A few individuals, for whatever reason, choose not to. Although there is not much difference between the Timneh and the Congo, it has been said that Congos tend to be “one-person” birds – bonding only with their favorite person, and being intolerable of all others. Congos are incredibly intelligent parrots and will need plenty of toys and one-on-one time with their caretakers to occupy them.
Loudness: Congo African Greys are not overly loud birds. They can get a little noisy when they are involved in a rough-and-tumble game, but otherwise they are pretty quiet. In general, the rule is that they will be quiet birds if they are raised in a quiet household. If the household is frequently busy and noisy, then the bird will be, too. They learn their sounds from their surroundings, after all. Congos can make nice apartment birds if they are properly trained.