African Grey Parrot

Our African Grey Parrot, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the African Grey Parrot (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
African Grey Parrot Facts
African Grey Parrot
Psittacus erithacus

Type
Bird
Life Span
Up to 50 years
Size
13 in
Average Weight
14 oz
Group Name
Company
Group Size
10-30
Name of Young
Chick

Our African Grey Parrot, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • This large African parrot has grey plumage with a striking red tail. Both males and females have similar appearances.
  • Their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech has made African grey parrots quite popular as pets. They may also copy the noises made by household appliances and electronics.
  • African grey parrots in the wild do not mimic human language, but they have been observed mimicking the calls of other animals in the wild.
  • These parrots require a great deal of attention when kept as a pet, or they may grow bored and destructive. The pet trade and illegal export has also negatively impacted the wild population of African grey parrots.
  • African grey parrots form monogamous pairs. They typically build nests in hollows in tall trees.

Did You Know?

The cognitive abilities of this species have been studied. One parrot, named Alex, was able to identify and distinguish various objects, colors, and shapes. He could also count up to 6 and was believed to understand the concept of “zero.”