Congo African Grey Parrots
Averaging 12 to 14" the Congo African Grey Parrot is the larger of the two African Grey species.
One way to differentiate the Congo African Grey from the Timneh is that the Congo has an all black beak and the Timneh has a horn color on the top of it's beak.
Another less obvious difference is that the Congo is a lighter grey and has a lighter maroon color on it's tail.
The Congo African Grey comes from the rainforest of West and Central Africa.
It is claimed that the Congos are more nervous around strangers and new situations and that the Timneh will learn to speak at an earlier age, but this can vary from bird to bird, and it's more how they are handled at a young age that makes the difference.
Congo African Grey Parrot as pets
Because of their intelligent and social nature Congo African Greys you will need to take time every day to play with your parrot to give it the mental stimulation and socialization it needs.
You should also let it out of it's cage every day to explore and play. When you do let it out be sure you are present at all times because their curious nature can get them into dangerous situations.
Make an effort to have more than one person handle your African Grey from an early age. This will go a long way to making them comfortable around strangers.
African Greys will mimic any sound that they hear repeatedly, not just human speech. Don't be surprised to wake up to the sound of a barking dog only to find it's your parrot.
With a lifespan of 50 years or more an African Grey is a lifetime commitment.
Congo African Grey Care
It's fine to feed your Congo some seeds and nuts, but pellet based diet supplemented with fruits and vegetables is the best diet for your parrot because too many seeds and nuts can cause it to get obise.
A common misconception about African Greys is that they need more calcium than other parrots. This isn't true. Too much calcium can be dangerous to your birds health.
If you are feeding your parrot a good mixture of pellets, fruits and vegetables it should be getting all the calcium it needs.
Your veterinarian should check for calcium levels during your birds yearly check up so don't feed your grey calcium supplements except under the advice your veterinarian.
As stated earlier your Congo needs mental stimulation so you will need a variety of toys to keep it occupied when it is not out of it's cage.
Congo African Grey Cages
The cage for your Congo should be at 36" X 40" and 40" high with no more than 1" bar spacing to make room for food and watering dishes, perches, toys, as well as the bird itself.
Put perches at various height in the cage.
African Grey Parrots want to be where the family is so put the cage where there is usually someone around.
Congo African Grey Parrots are fantastic pets for anyone that is willing to commit to spend the time with them for 50 years or more.
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