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Congo African Grey Parrot

Congo African Grey Parrot


Species group:
 African Parrots

Other name(s): CAG; Congo Grey Parrot;
African Grey; Grey Parrot; Gray Gabon Parrot

Scientific name: Psittacus erithacus

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Details: The Congo African Grey Parrot is widely regarded as the world's most intelligent parrot, with the ability to learn to speak in a clear voice and to use words with at least some understanding of context and meaning. A properly trained bird may speak dozens if not hundreds of words. Probably the best studied parrot, the Congo African Grey was at the heart of the Alex studies on avian intelligence which proved that these birds have a greater ability to understand and use human language than anyone previously suspected. Many people would compare them to a child between the ages of three to five years old. They are sensitive, social, verbal, and highly talented, and they must be handled with sensitivity and awareness from the very beginning.

CAGs are so closely related to the Timneh Parrots, that the two birds weren't split into separate species until 2013. Nonetheless, they're easy to distinguish at a glance, because the Congo is a larger bird with a bright red tail and an all black bill. Although not as dusty as Cockatoos, African Grey Parrots have powder down, so if you are prone to allergies, you need to check with your doctor before you bring an African Grey into your home.
Reviews
Owners say:
Wonderful:
amazing intelligence, amazing vocabulary, delightful birds, class clown antics, fast learners
Challenging:
aggresssive behavior, real squawkers, high dander, self-destructive behaviours, loud temper tantrums
Interesting:
chosen people, Big attention seekers, sexual tension, exclusive bond, mischievous, positive reinforcement
Overall review
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SierraPoet
I've had the great pleasure of sharing a space with a...
Review by: SierraPoet (5) updated 12 days ago
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5.00
1 photo
JJMcK
My African Grey Parrot is a very cool bird, but very ...
Review by: JJMcK (6) 14 days ago
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4.00
1 photo
armystrongg
This bird, while great for others, was not a good fit...
Review by: armystrongg (1) July 09, 2015 16:08
  • Currently 100
1.75
serrus
These birds are pretty famous because of the parrot s...
Review by: serrus (25) June 29, 2015 19:11
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3.50
1 photo
ColeAP
I should begin this review by confessing that Picchu ...
Review by: ColeAP (15) June 25, 2015 18:28
  • Currently 100
4.50
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