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Birds

AFRICAN GRAY PARROT

Conservation status

Endangered

Life span

50- 60 Years

Height

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Length

Up to 13 inches long

Weight

Approximately 400 g (14 oz)

Native habitat

Although typically inhabiting dense forest, they are commonly observed at forest edges, clearings, gallery forest, mangroves, wooded savannah, cultivated areas, and even gardens.

Diet

Herbivore

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Psittaciformes

INTERESTING FACTS

characterized by distinctive scalloped gray plumage.The largest parrot in Africa, this species has silver feathers, a white mask, and a bright, reddish tail. The African grey parrot is one of the most talented mimicking birds on the planet. They are extremely intelligent which gives them the moniker “The Einstein’s of the Bird World.”. This parrot is one of the oldest psittacine species kept by humans, with records of the bird dating back to biblical times. The monogamous parrots, which mate for life. These parrots make their nests in tree holes, sometimes choosing locations abandoned by birds like woodpeckers. Their iris has more of a silver appearance rather than yellow. Their one defense mechanism is fluffing up to look larger and biting. Females incubate the eggs while being fed entirely by the male.

 

CONSERVATION MESSAGE

Illegal wildlife trade, Logging and wood harvesting, habitat destructions are threats to grey parrots. Many African gray parrots have died in transit or been snatched illegally. Habitat loss has caused severe issues for the decline of the population. Conservation efforts are ongoing. In 2016 CITES ban all international trade in wild African grays, except in “exceptional circumstances.” In 2018, the bird was listed as endangered by IUCN as well as rescue and rehabilitation efforts, raise awareness through educating communities to contribute to saving the species, campaigns to share the knowledge, and to encourage to join with conservation efforts and media exposure in order to draw the attention to the need to protect and conserve African Grey Parrots are ongoing to save this species.

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