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African Grey Parrot

Psittacus erithacus

Quick Facts
Scientific name Psittacus erithacus
Class Bird
Length 13 inches (33 centimeters)
Weight 14 ounces (400 grams)
Incubation 21-30 days
Number of eggs 2 or 3 eggs

Big talkers
African grey parrots are famous for their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech and even other bird or mammal noises, making them one of the most popular of all bird pets.

Birds of a feather
African grey parrots live in large, noisy flocks, and may travel considerable distances together in search of fruiting trees.

The name says it all
As the name implies, African grey parrots are native to Africa, specifically the tropical lowlands and forests throughout Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, and Côte d’Ivoire.

Parrots: an endangered species?
Habitat loss, especially the loss of large nesting trees, has a significant impact on African grey populations. However, their biggest threat is the capture of wild birds for the international pet trade.