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6. Can African grey parrots talk?

Yes. African grey parrots can both talk and sing.

They can be taught specific words and phrases for training purposes, or they can pick up sounds from their environment over time.

It’s quite common for African grey parrots to surprise their owners with jingles that they overheard on TV.

7. Can African grey parrots understand what they say?

Some people will argue that parrots can only echo human sounds without realizing what they mean, but these people don’t know parrots. This is especially true of the hyper-intelligent African grey parrot.

All of the evidence suggests that they can learn, retain, analyze and share information when it’s relevant to them.

Here are some examples:

  • Talked his way home: In Japan, a lost African grey parrot started repeating his owner’s name and address when he was scooped up and taken to a veterinary clinic. He knew that he was lost, and he knew what he needed to say to get back home.
  • Understand words and sounds: In Vienna, African grey parrots were able to determine which containers held food even though they were given nothing but auditory clues. They were able to process words and sounds and comprehend what they meant.
  • Asks clarifying questions: A famous African grey parrot named Alex was said to know more than 100 words. He could identify numbers, shapes, colors, and objects, and he would ask questions if he didn’t understand a task. According to the New York Times, he could also make demands like “wanna go back” if he was carried somewhere that he didn’t like. Alex even has his own book.

All of these things suggest that African grey parrots understand the purpose of communication.

They might not be able to hold an intellectual debate, but they’re thinking and expressing themselves in ways that other animals simply can’t. Imagine if your dog looked back at you one day and asked, “But why should I fetch?”

8. What is the habitat of the African grey parrot?

African grey parrots like thick, dense forests, but they’ve also been spotted at forest edges and clearings.

They usually stick to low canopies; the highest elevation that they’ve ever been recorded is 2,200 feet. They seem to have a preference for water. They often roost in trees that are over rivers and lakes.

9. Where do African grey parrots nest?

When it’s time to nest, African grey parrots move into tree holes. The cover can help to protect their eggs from predators.

They usually hop into unoccupied tree holes, but they’ve been known to steal the nests of woodpeckers and other small birds.

10. Can African grey parrots fly?

Yes, African grey parrots are capable flyers, but they don’t always do it as much as other birds.

For example, they use their beaks and claws to move around tree canopies rather than flying from branch to branch.

11. Why is the African gray parrot considered an “Old World” parrot?

If you’re new to ornithology, you might wonder why some species are considered “Old World” parrots while others are called “New

While they have some similarities, there are also key differences between the two:

  • Old World parrots come from Africa and Asia, and New World parrots come from the Americas.
  • Old World parrots know how to survive in hot, dry climates (Africa). New World parrots thrive in wet, humid rainforests (the Amazon).
  • Old World parrots create more bird dust than New World parrots, which might be because their species have adapted to different habitats. They’re also more susceptible to deadly avian illnesses like proventricular dilatation disease (PDD).

12. What does the African grey parrot look like?

Though the African grey parrot might look like a monochrome bird, there are more shades and subtleties to its plumage than you might think!

For example, it isn’t a solid grey. Its head and wing feathers are a darker grey, while its undercoat feathers are a lighter, more silver grey. The head feathers are also streaked and tinged with white.

There are a few other splashes of color as well. The African grey parrot has yellow eyes and a black beak. Its tail feathers are a vibrant red. Mutations can occasionally turn the parrots red, blue, brown, or albino.

13. How tall is an African grey parrot?

African grey parrots are usually about a foot tall. They measure 12 – 16 inches, with their average height being 13 inches.

14. How much does an African grey parrot weigh?

African grey parrots can range from 0.8 – 1.4 pounds, but their average weight is a little under a single pound.

15. What is the African grey parrot’s wingspan?

African grey parrots can spread their wings about 18 – 20 inches depending on their unique height and weight.

16. Are African grey parrots friendly or aggressive?

Generally, African grey parrots are very friendly. In the wild, they are gentle with each other. And as pets, they are generally friendly with their owners.


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