There are two general types of the African Grey Parrot – the Congo African Grey parrot and the Timneh African Grey.
The African Grey Parrot species originate in the lowlands of western and central Africa from northern Angola to Guinea. The Congo African Grey (CAG) and the Timneh African Grey (TAG) are actually located in different regions of Africa.
* Congo African Grey Parrots are approximately 12 – 14 inches in length and usually weigh 450 g. They are grey in colour and have a solid black beak with a bright red tail.
* Timneh African Grey Parrots are a dark charcoal grey with a horn-colour beak and a dark maroon colour tail. If you look closely, you will see a scallop type pattern on the tips of their feathers.
African Grey Parrots are flock birds and need interaction and stimulation to develop into their full potential.
They are sensitive and very aware to what is going on around them. Time out of their cage and play time with their humans and toys are extremely important.
A common deficiency found in an African Grey’s diet is Vitamin A or beta-carotene, so it is important to provide beta-carotene vegetables on a daily basis.
Calcium is also extremely important, as it is the predominant mineral in bird’s bodies. It is essential for healthy bones, nerve and heart function, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
An avian veterinarian should check your African Grey yearly for calcium levels.
As a base, a pelleted diet is the best way to go for your African Grey. Preferably, an organically processed pellet, and not one that has additives, such as artificial colouring.
Seeds are high in fat and are not considered a healthy diet. Provide an assortment of fresh, wholesome vegetables.
As with any child, sometimes it can be a challenge to get them to eat their veggies so you might have to spend some time encouraging your African Grey Parrot to eat them.
The grey parrot produces alot of dander so an air purifier is highly recommended within the room your bird(s) spend time in. Along with an air purifier an avian lamp is also highly recommended.