These parrots are beautiful with their bright red tail plumage, and their either soft grey or dark grey feathering. They are very engaging and friendly when young, and can be held by most anyone. This parrot has by far the best speaking ability, and an uncanny way of knowing what to say at the appropriate times.More about Greys »
One of my favorite pet greys loved to ask, “Is that good?” whenever she heard the refrigerator door open or close. She would also call to strangers to ‘Come here, come here’ then puff up, and lunge at them to watch them jump back in fear, then laugh uproariously because she scared them. Congos take approximately 14 weeks, give or take a week, to wean, and they seem to take longer to begin to talk than other bird, mostly I think because they are taking everything in that is happening around them. Once they do start talking, some never stop!
Since this is a highly intelligent parrot, it needs to be challenged with interactive toys, and given ample time both in and outside the cage. Wooden toys to chew, ropes to swing upon and paper to shred all make good toys for the industrious grey. They are very independent, and can play for hours alone. As Greys grow older, (one to two years old) they tend to choose one person to be ‘their’ person, and they securely bond to that person. I have heard of CAG that have stayed friendly to all, but in over 30 years of raising Greys, I have never experienced it.
The Grey is great for a single person, widower, or empty nester. If you are married and can deal with purchasing a parrot that may reject you after a year for your spouse, then that is fine too. In my experience, it is normally the primary care giver with whom they will bond.
I would not recommend an African grey for families with small children. These birds can be quite disdainful of children who move quickly. Greys have a fine white powder that sheds off of their feathers. This dust is not good for anyone who has asthma.
Most Greys are good eaters. They love fruit, veggies, pasta, rice, and anything that you might put on your plate that is healthy! Since you are their flock, they might be miffed if they did not get food to nibble upon when you are eating your meals.
Cage requirements for a Congo Grey: The smallest cage that you should purchase for a grey is 32” X 23” X 36”. In order to be housed comfortably, a bird must be able to flap it’s wings in all directions. Playtop cagess are not recommended for any bird unless you are taller than the bird when it is on the highest point of the playtop. Please remember that additional perches and toys will take up room too.