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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Psittacus
Species: erithacus

Length: 13 - 16 inches
Weight: 1 lbs
Wing span: 18 - 20 inches
Offspring: 2 - 4

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African Grey Parrot

Psittacus erithacus


They African Grey parrot gets its name from its slate gray feathers. It has a very striking crimson tail and yellow eyes. Its black beak is hooked like most parrots and is extremely powerful.


The diet of the African Grey parrot consists of seeds, nuts, berries, and fruit. Its powerful bill can crush most seeds and nuts.


The African Grey parrot is native to West and Central Africa. However, since they are commonly used as pets, they can be found throughout the world. In the wild, they live in rainforests, cultivated land, mangroves, wooded savannas, and gardens.


Natural predatorsWhat does predators mean? of the African Grey parrot include a variety of hawks and falcons. Monkeys and other tree-dwelling mammals often steal the parrot's eggs. As a defensive strategy, a flock of parrots will fall silent and then burst from the treetops while shrieking. The chaos and noise deterWhat does deter mean? most predators.


African Grey parrots are extremely social birds. Thousands of the birds will form a communalWhat does communal mean? nesting area.


A female will lay between 2 and 4 eggs. The male does not tend to the eggs, but provides food for the female instead while she sits on them. Once the chicks are hatched, both parents tend to them.


The African Grey parrot is widely known for its ability to mimic human voices in captivity. A recording of the parrots in Zaire showed that in the wild, they mimicked nine other birds and one kind of bat. The African Grey parrot is considered to be a highly intelligent bird. There has been some evidence that they can achieve a vocabulary of over 500 words, although there is no evidence that they understand what they are saying.

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