Animals Birds

Animals Birds

African Grey Parrot


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Psittacus erithacus
PROFILE:

This bird is widely recognized for its intelligence and ability to mimic and speak. Recent research places their intelligence level with that of marine mammals, primates, and small children. Hundreds of African grey parrots will occupy a tree, socializing, preening, and vocalizing. To avoid land predators, small groups will take turns going down to the ground to feed while the others stay in the tree.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Bird, Psittaciformes, Psittacidae (parrots and relatives)
NATIVE TO:
Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Vulnerable
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 45 years; zoos - average 40-60 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Flocks; pairs when nesting and raising offspring
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