If you are adding an African grey parrot to your home there are a lot of things to consider like whether are they good pets, do they talk, or how much it will cost to own one. Today, our Lake Norman at Mooresville Animal Hospital vets will discuss what is involved with owning one.
About African Grey Parrots
African Greys are approximately 12 to 14 inches long and are widely known as potentially the most intelligent parrot type there is. They are overall light grey with a scarlet tail and love to talk and make as much noise as they can.
Typically African Grey parrots should only be owned by those that have previous experience with large species of parrots.
Are They Good Pets?
The African Grey parrot is an intelligent bird capable of building a strong bond with individuals. While these beautiful birds can prove to be great pets in the right home, they need much love, attention, and exercise to prevent health or behavioral issues.
Do They Talk?
The African grey is considered to be one of the most accomplished mimics. Parrots, when raised by humans, show an amazing ability to mimic people and noisy objects, but in the wild, they have never been observed mimicking. These parrots have a long lifespan and can outlive their human owners.
What Do They Eat?
African grey parrots eat a variety of seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, and vegetation in the wild. They will clamber from branch to branch while feeding instead of flying. They especially treasure the fruits of the African oil palm, a tree native to their environment.
How Much Do They Cost?
The exact price of the bird will depend on the type, age, gender, etc., but for an African Grey Parrot, expect a cost of $500 to $4,000.