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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
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dinamaria
When I first started working with animals I was terri...
Review by: dinamaria (8) 5 days ago
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lillianhouse13
This African Grey, Garek, is my step-dads, and his is...
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chskotner
I got Jaco when he was around 1 year old, and already...
Review by: chskotner (5) updated 7 days ago
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Missbusybody
I got my baby boy Jerry from a professional breeder i...
Review by: Missbusybody (3) January 19, 2015 17:52
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5.00
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Buckethead
My wife and I had an African Grey parrot for the shor...
Review by: Buckethead (8) January 11, 2015 21:10
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