GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF CONGO GRAY
Of the two types of African greys, the Congo african gray variety is the most popular. At the pet store, you may see them labeled as Ghana, Togo, Cameroon or Angola, but they are just different names for the same species. The Congo is larger than the Timneh. A Congo grey is around 15 inches long, with a 20-inch wingspan. His cherry red tail is perhaps his most stunning feature.
No matter the type, of congo African grays are extremely sharp. According to BirdChannel.com, African greys have an intelligence on par with a 5-year-old child, and the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old. They are capable of learning to identify up to 50 objects by sight. Some birds can develop vocabularies over 1,000 words.
If you’re thinking of adopting a Congo African gray, there are some things to consider. They are sensitive to stress, and could get anxious and begin picking their feathers if they don’t receive daily attention and proper care. Males may be prone to aggression, and females to shyness. If they don’t interact with other people while they’re young, they may become attached to only one person. Adopting an African grey is a lifelong commitment, as they can live up to 50 years.
Care & Feeding of Congo African gray
There’s a reason why the African grey is often considered the poster bird for parrot intelligence — not only is this bird inclined to amass a large vocabulary, African greys also demonstrate an aptitude for recognizing the meaning of words and phrases.
African grey parrots are more prone to deficiency in vitamin-A/beta-carotene, and therefore benefit from eating vegetables high in beta-carotene, such as cooked sweet potato and fresh kale. Vitamin-D deficiency is another concern, especially for greys on a poor diet. Offering a balanced, pelleted diet, such as Nutri-Berries, for the main diet of a Congo African gray helps prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies. A grey that consumes a pelleted diet generally does not need vitamin supplements added to its food