Interesting Facts about African Grey Parrots

African grey parrots are highly social birds that can live in flocks of 50 or more. They have big, multi-generational broods where the young and old mingle freely. Socialization and vocalization is a big part of their everyday life. They even coordinate hunting parties when it’s time to eat!

Things can be a bit different in captivity. Since space is limited, African grey parrots can get territorial. They might not like being housed with other birds, or they might become overly defensive of “their” toys and snacks. They’re also intelligent creatures that require a lot of attention and stimulation, and if they don’t get it, they can cop an attitude with their owners. A very bored or frustrated bird might even lash out at you.

That said, you have nothing to fear from a happy, healthy African grey parrot. They’re like any creature: They might cause problems when treated badly, but if you’re raising them right, they can make wonderful companions.

17. How long do African grey parrots live?

The lifespan of an African grey parrot is around 40 – 60 years in captivity.

This number drops dramatically in the wild; they only live around 20 – 25 years in their natural habitats.

18. Why is the African grey parrot considered a “true” parrot?

“True parrot” is a name given to a specific family of parrots.

They have hooked beaks, blunt tongues, long claws, and a similar diet of fruits and seeds. True parrots include macaws, parakeets, caiques, and African grey parrots.

19. Is the African grey parrot always grey?

No. Despite the name, African grey parrots aren’t always monochrome.

There are albino birds that are white or blue-white, and mutations can occur in the wild that give African grey parrots a mottled appearance with several different shades of red, brown, white, and silver streaked throughout their bodies.

There are also breeders that have experimented with making African grey parrots redder. Some of them have been born with all-red or all-pink plumage instead of grey. These specimens are usually sold for crazy prices since they’re so rare!

20. What eats an African grey parrot? Predators and Threats

African grey parrots are vulnerable to larger, stronger birds like raptors and vultures.

Their eggs are also a favorite of monkeys. This is one of the reasons why mothers guard their nests so fiercely; they never know when they might be sharing a tree with a long-fingered predator.

Pythons also eat parrots and their eggs.

African grey parrots can also fall victim to land animals when they descend

to the ground for hunting or foraging. They don’t have any specific enemies here, but they can be pounced on by all kinds of foxes, jackals, snakes, and cats.

The biggest threat to African grey parrots, however, isn’t something that flies in the sky or slithers on the ground. It’s human beings.

21. Is the African grey parrot endangered?


The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has officially marked them as endangered. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has banned their international trade. Their population is on the decline in every African country that they inhabit.


Jersey Birds Farm is one of the USA’s largest Parrot species breeders and sellers. We sell Parrots such as African Grey ParrotsAmazon ParrotsMacaw ParrotsConure ParrotsCockatoo ParrotsPionus Parrots, and Eclectus parrots for sale online. We specialize in both hand-raised baby Parrots and adult Parrots as well. Our pet store staff helps educate each customer and is here to assist any client who visits our pet store. We breed almost any parrot, from as small as parrot let to as large as several species of Macaw. We want to be the #1 Parrot pet store when anyone searches for parrots for sale online, and we will work very hard to earn your business and support you in the ownership of your Parrot pet.



We believe in weaning our baby birds based on their individual needs and rates of maturity. All baby parrots for sale online must get a good start in life, both nutritionally and psychologically. Our babies are given a hand-feeding formula best suited to their species and individual needs. They are given a variety of foods at an early age, which allows them to explore and experiment with different tastes and textures. Our babies are weaned onto a pelleted diet, various trail mix blends, fresh fruits and vegetables, cooked beans and rice, grains, bread, pasta, and nuts (for the Macaws & Conures).



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!