African Gray Parrot 

The African Gray Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), also known as the Gray Parrot or Casco, is a species of African parrots belonging to the family Psittacidae. It is a medium-sized parrot found for the first time in the rainforests of West and Central Africa. Experts consider it one of the smartest birds in the world. It feeds mainly on palm nuts, seeds, fruits and leafy matter, and has also been observed feeding on snails. Thanks to its ability to mimic speech it has become popular as a pet, which has led to many being caught and sold in the pet trade.

African Gray Parrot

It is native to the African gray parrot

This parrot is found in West and Central Africa, and inhabits forests and fields, especially Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. There are two types of African gray parrots: - The African black-tailed parrot called (Al-Tamnah), which is 28 cm smaller than the African Red-tailed Congo.

The African red-tailed parrot: it is larger in size, and even its gray color is relatively lighter. It is one of the best known talking birds, if not the best at all; He shows great skill in repeating words and imitating sounds, and is often seen in his wild life in flocks looking for food in grain fields.

Breeding chicks in the wild

The female lays 3-4 eggs, at an interval of 3 days between one egg and the other. The period of her incubation is a full month, and the chicks remain in the nest for about 80 days. When the chicks leave the nest, they follow their parents for a period of six months. The average age of the bird is 46 years in the wild, while its age in captivity ranges between 40 to 60 years old.

The ability to speak

The gray parrot has a very superior ability to speak that no parrot has reached, and its ability to absorb and memorize a thousand words may reach, and this is what distinguishes the African parrot from its ability to link the word to the event, and it may be able to distinguish colors and objects, as well as some signs. The African bird starts talking at the age of between 6-8 months, and there are some birds that start talking from childhood, perhaps in the first month until the feathers did not completely cover it, and also at the age of 3 months, and that depends on the intelligence of the bird, but training the bird begins at a young age and before its first year. He has the ability to record speech and then remember it suddenly.

Breeding it for decoration

The gray parrot is raised as an ornamental possession, and as a pet at home in a large, solid cage, or on a stand, and if it is raised in a cage, it must be allowed to go out and play, and learn to take and carry things, and it can learn the disturbing habit of biting, and it loves to eat pistachios, and it is prohibited from He eats parsley, and loves eggs very much.

Flying character

The gray parrot is known for its sensitive personality, as it is different from the rest of the other types of parrots because it needs extreme care and special treatment, so it should not be left alone for a long time, or beaten by the hand, or imprisoned to punish it, as this will make it sad and afraid, and it begins to pluck its own feathers, and sometimes it may The situation worsens and the bird dies, and this is what happens when two birds live in one cage and one of them dies or the bird loses its breeder who was attached to it. Therefore, the owner of the bird must take care of it, provide it with fresh vegetables and fruits, sit with it for long periods, and allow it an hour or two a day outside the cage to play and communicate with it.

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