African Grey Parrot

Latin name Psittacus erithacus
Class Birds
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
IUCN Status Vulnerable (CITES appendix II)
Habitat Primary and Secondary rainforest
Distribution West and central Africa

General Information

The African grey parrot is regarded as one of the most intelligent birds in the world. Their gentle nature and ability to mimic sounds has made them popular as pets. Unfortunately, this has led to the wild population being in serious decline. Their diet consists of nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables.

Threats: The pet trade

Lifespan: 50-60 years in captivity.

Fun Fact

African grey parrots are excellent mimics and often repeat sounds that they have heard such as sirens, telephones, melodies, voices and even other birds.

Keeper Notes

Becky and Barry love to mimic sounds especially things like squeaky doors and sirens – much to the amusement of our visitors!