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African Grey Parrot

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About the African Grey Parrot

Also known as: Grey Parrot

The African Grey Parrot is a medium-sized parrot and is native to Africa. It is considered one of the most intelligent birds in the world. This beautiful species is very popular in aviculture. Outside of aviculture, it is commonly known as the Grey Parrot.

African Greys are predominantly grey in plumage, with accents of white. They have red or maroon tail feathers. They feed on nuts and fruits, supplemented by leaves.

African Grey Parrots are particularly noted for their cognitive abilities, which are believed to have evolved as a consequence of their history of cooperative feeding on the ground in Central Africa. There are two subspecies of Grey Parrot: Congo African Grey and Timneh African Grey.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 March 2007
Scientific Name Psittacus erithacus
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittacidae
  • Psittacus
  • P. erithacus
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 November 2016)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
13 to 16 inches
18 to 20 inches
16 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa

Conservation

In the wild, the Grey Parrot has a conservation status of Vulnerable. They face threats from habitat loss and continued capture for international trade in the pet market.

International Names

  • 非洲灰鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • Papoušek žako (Czech)
  • Gråpapegøje (Danish)
  • Grijze Roodstaartpapegaai (Dutch)
  • Harmaapapukaija (Finnish)
  • Perroquet Jaco (French)
  • Graupapagei (German)
  • Pappagallo Cenerino (Italian)
  • ヨウム (Youmu) (Japanese)
  • Gråpapegøye (Norwegian)
  • Zako (Polish)
  • Серый попу (Russian)
  • Loro Yaco (Spanish)
  • Grå Jako (Swedish)

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