The African Grey Parrot – The Most Popular Bird Pet Today

It is very easy why people love the African grey parrot as a pet. They are very docile; do not bite unless provoked very hard. They are trainable as you would train a dog, speak with politely and are wonderful mimics. They can entertain hours together without any interference or mischief. First of all, keep in mind that the grey parrot is on the endangered list in the USA. Though they make brilliant pets, are lovely and available in South Africa and numerous other countries, sold as pets. The traffic is not very heavy now, but it is enough to be able to get rid of all the grey parrots in the very near future if care is not taken to check the bird trafficking. The African grey parrot will tend to bond with their owners fully and will not eat if the person is absent; they are very loving, they interact with intelligence and though mentioned at the last but not the least they speak like another human being. This is what makes the grey parrot so special and this why the market has so much demand for it. You will need to have a large cage made for them because they are large birds and they need all the space they need. You can also keep them in the open – unless you have a cat or you see kites or any other bird from the families of birds. The African grey parrot will not fly away once he/she bounded away. These parrots like light and hence try to locate in such a place where at twice a day some sun falls upon it. They need sun, light and company – not necessarily in this order. In case your parrot is not happy – you will notice that it is removing its own feathers and can go on till it literally becomes totally plucked. This it is believed, to indicate that the parrot is not happy. If you find your gray to be sad, take it immediately to the vet. The grays suffer from depression most often – and when they do so, it is better to take them immediately to the doctor (vet). He will medicate the grey as soon as possible so no damage done yet. Do not wait until the third or fourth day, you will not recognize your parrot would be almost totally “spotless smooth” appearance.

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Why an African Grey Parrot Makes a Great Pet?

From time immemorial, the African grey parrot has been considered as a hot favorite the world over as a pet. Initially, these parrots were caught in the African forests; but then after the species had dwindled to a handful of the birds, ingenious people in Africa started their business rearing them like we would the sheep, specifically for selling to people from all over the world.

The African Parrot is a Universally Adaptable Pet:

There is no place in the world, where an African parrot will not fit in. However, in homes where there are too many cats, children, and too much open space, the African parrot will most likely not be a good choice both for their own safety and that of the children. The African parrot is also well known for their life-long bonding and this is by itself a wonderful trait that this bird has shown. The African parrot is a very handsome bird, they are predominantly gray. They have lovely white circles around their eyes and have a wonderfully designed very long maroon feathers in their tail. There are two man species of the African parrot, for example that of the Congo and the Timneh which is a smaller type of our parrot.

For knowing the sex of the parrot you will need to develop a very keen sense of observation. The males are larger, they have round eyes and the white patches are quite large too; the females, on the other hand, are tiny, have elliptical eyes and her whites around the eyes are quite smaller than that of the male. The best part of having a parrot as a pet is that you will have a pet for life. Since the African grey parrot has a life span of 60-65 years – this is as good as that of a human being. No more tears after the pet died, no more missing it so sorely after it dies. Since it can live 65 years max – there are some spices that when added to the tea will make them stronger and younger at heart. For all the plus points, these good pets will usually come at the cost of about $500-1000. Now, if you are interested, you could push the bargain for a discount. However, it is rare that this bird is found free. You may like to visit the pet markets of Africa when you are in the vicinity next time – you might end with a friend and companion for life – an African  grey parrot.

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