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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
Conservation status: Endangered


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.


Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.