How Do You Care for African Grey Parrots?


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Caring for an African grey parrot requires a long-term commitment and being attentive and sensitive to the bird’s physical and emotional needs, as well as its longevity. African greys have a lifespan of up to 80 years. They are highly intelligent, loyal birds with personalities that require stimulation and interaction and an owner who is willing to devote the time to them that they need.

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African greys are very social birds in the wild and require at least one hour day of direct interaction and four to five hours of nearby contact. Failure to meet this requirement can result in a bird that exhibits depression, aggression or neurotic behavior. Keeping another large bird for companionship also helps the bird to socialize and minimizes loneliness.

When housing an African grey, a room temperature in the high 60s to low 70s is best with humidity in the range of 35 to 75 percent. A cage should be large enough to give them space to climb and explore. It should be placed out of direct sun, air conditioning and sources of heat. It should also have four to six perches made of natural driftwood and branches.

African greys love their toys. Place a variety of toys with mirrors, bells and bright colors inside the cage and change their positions frequently. Parrots thrive in environments with interesting play areas and indoor or outdoor jungle gyms. Provide a safe and stimulating play space for your bird when it is outside the cage.

Feed an African grey a diet that includes fresh fruit, vegetables and cooked chicken and eggs. Vegetables such as kale provide nutrients essential to bone health. Do not salt food and never feed avocados or chocolate, which can be harmful. You can also feed a high-quality kibble designed for African grey parrots.

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