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AFRICAN GREY PARROT (Psittacus Erithacus)

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The African Grey Parrot originates from Central Africa, from the Gulf of Guinea Islands to Western Kenya - in 3 subspecies.

Your new pet has been hand-reared and has no fear of humans, although remember these are very intelligent birds by nature, having the mental age of a 5-year old child when mature. He/she should be treated with respect and will respond with affection and trust

Feeding

Feed good quality parrot mix (with dried fruit included), supplemented with extra peanuts, pinenuts, peppers, hemp and safflower but note that hemp is very fattening and should only be given in small quantities. Fresh fruit should be offered daily, grapes, apple, orange, pear, pomegranate and banana are readily taken, but most birds have their preferences. Fresh green food, i.e. calabrese, cauliflower, peas in pod, chickweed, lettuce, celery, dandelion and sowthistle are all beneficial for them. Also, as a treat, offer millet sprays, various nuts including walnut, almond, brazil etc. (shells cracked but not completely removed). Cheese & Chicken (drumstick as well as meat) should be offered twice a week also. Cuttlefish, mineral block, grit and shell should always be available to them. Give fresh water daily. Cubed carrot and sweetcorn (fresh or tinned - drained) should be offered regularly as a source of vitamin A which they need. As a general tonic, a little Nutrobal or Avimix sprinkled on their fruit twice a week is beneficial.

NOTE: DO NOT OFFER:- CHOCOLATE, ALCOHOL or AVOCADO PEAR as these are poisonous to parrots.

Accommodation

A cage large enough for the bird to exercise it's wings should be provided, but it will expect to be out of it's cage most of the time! Perches should be of natural wood, i.e. willow or apple, if possible, as this keeps the feet and claws healthy. Most Greys do not like to bathe in a dish of water so spraying at least twice a week will benefit their plumage.

Talking Ability

African Greys make excellent talkers, and are probably the best in all parrot like. They tend to learn from a woman's voice easiest as the pitch is higher than a man's. Repeat words slowly and often when there are no other distractions and your bird should learn quite quickly.