African Grey Parrot

African Grey Care

African Grey Parrots are extremely smart birds and they need the proper care to be able to flourish and live happy, healthy, long lives.

The following should be used as some guidelines if you are looking to buy an African Grey Parrot, or if you already have an African Grey Parrot.

Cages should be large enough for and African Grey to move around and exercise their wings. Of course, the bigger the cage, the better it is for him/her. The cage should be no smaller than 30” wide, 20” deep, and 43” tall. The bars should have a space of no more than 1” apart.

It is advisable to place the cage in a room of the house where the bird can be a part of the family, but there is not so much activity that the bird will feel overwhelmed.

African Grey Parrots require a lot of attention. With the mentality of a 5 year old child, time and patience are both required to help this bird flourish. They are good mimics, and can have a vocabulary of up to (and in some cases more than) 2000 words. African Grey Parrots are known to be feather pluckers, especially if they do not get the proper mental stimulation. They love to be talked to and played with (you can never spend enough time with this wonderful bird according to the bird).

Caring for an African Grey can be demanding, but is very rewarding, as they love the people who care for them. Although they can easily become attached to the person who cares for them, they usually interact well with all of the members in the household.

An African Grey’s cage must be kept clean at all times, and fresh food and water is also a must every day. Water might need to be changed several times a day, and it’s always a good idea to have at least 2 sets of food and water dishes. If one set needs to be washed, which should be done every day, you can use the other set while the first set is being cleaned.

Be sure that your African Grey has a variety in it's diet. A diet of pellet based food is the best, however, be sure to offer fresh fruits and vegetables every day. If your African Grey’s diet is well balanced, it should not need a mineral block, but you should give Avian Vitamins about once a month.

Be sure to give your African Grey a good variety of toys to play with in its cage when it can not come out because nobody will be home to watch it. Being such intelligent birds, they can get bored and frustrated very easily, and become feather pluckers.

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Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays

Good tips in your article. I've been fortunate to share my time with two Greys.

A tree perch also helps so that a Grey doesn't become over bonded to his cage, which can result in aggression problems. Giving a bird a number of "territories" is beneficial.

I also allowed my birds to become flighted each year for a while so that they could develop confidence.


Skyler Stahlmann 8 years ago

i think this edvice will help me if i get a afircan gery parrot


Diane Blackburn 7 years ago

You had some good information in this article.


David 7 years ago

That is great advice. Greys also benifit greatly when given foraging toys. http://superparrots.com/bird-toys-foraging-toys-c-... The toys help keep their very intellegent brains busy while working for food and treats.


Harrison's Bird Food 7 years ago

Harrison's High Potency Coarse is the preferred pellet food for African Grey parrots.

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