Congo African grey is most famously known for its high intelligence and fantastic talking ability. But they are so much more. They can make outstanding companions, and they are extremely social. The decision to add an African Grey to the family should not be taken lightly. They require lots of training and consistent love and interaction. It is a life-long commitment, but one that can be extremely rewarding. Congo Greys are large with a light grey face and bright red tail.
The feathers of the Congo African gray appear to be darker on its head. They eventually change to a light silver-gray towards its chest and leg area. Its wings are darker, its primary coverts have a very long dark gray shade. If given a close look, you would see that many of its darker feathers and silver feathers have white edgings. It appears featherless around its eyes, with a white patch of skin, which turns pink when blushing. Its toenails and beak have a solid black color, and its tail is bright red. The Congo African gray parrot is approximately 14-15inches, with a wingspan of 18-20 inches. It weighs from 350-360 grams depending on its country of origin, and it can live for up to 30 years. The Congo African gray parrot has the intellectual capacity of a 5-year-old child\ and the emotional level of a 2-year-old. They usually begin to talk after a year old
Origin Congo African Gray
The Congo African gray is an old parrot in the family of Psittacidae. It originates from different countries in Africa, which accounts for its variation in coloration and size.
Congo African greys have less stable personalities than their smaller cousins ( Timneh African greys). This is because they have a slower maturation rate. With the right encouragement, nutrition, and commitment, they can be just stable. Congo African greys are very cautious birds.
Though they are high-maintenance birds and require much entertainment and mental stimulation, the Congo African grey parrots make very loyal and affectionate pets. However, they don’t are recommended for people who work long hours.
The African gray parrot feeds on a wide variety of seeds, fruit berries, nuts, and vegetation in the wild. They adore the fruits of the African oil palm. However, seeds should only be a small part of a balanced diet. The commercial seed mix parrots are usually fed with, have high fat, and are deficient in many nutrients. If it becomes their only food source, it could lead to illness and even premature death. Pellets are the perfect food and should represent approximately 75-80% of the bird’s diet. The rest of it should be of fresh fruits and vegetables.
We feed our Congo African grey Parrots a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, fresh kale, broccoli, carrots, apples, and peppers. All fruits and vegetables must be thoroughly washed to remove harmful chemicals before being fed to the bird. We also feed a variety of Uccello seeds, pellets, and nuts. Feeding pet birds the right foods is important for their health.
To keep a Congo African grey parrot healthy, do adequate activities. They should be allowed to spend at least 1-2 hours out of their cages on a daily basis. Provide them with safety chewable toys to help them exercise their beaks and avoid boredom, which could lead to feather plucking