Long-lived, highly intelligent and demanding of your attention, caring for an African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) requires some serious dedication. You’ll need to spend huge amounts of time with one of these birds if you want it to be healthy and live for as long as it can, but this is most definitely time well spent – no one who thinks carefully about the decision before they make it will ever regret their choice.
There are two distinct subspecies of African Grey Parrots, known as the Congo African Grey and the Timneh African Grey, both of which are commonly found in the pet trade. The care of both subspecies is identical, and any differences in character and temperament are minor – many people debate whether there even are any.
African Grey Parrots are not only engaging and entertaining exotic pets, but also affectionate and endearing once they form a bond with you. As you and your African Grey will grow old together, this bond is one of the closest you can possibly form with a pet, especially as there are very few pets that can actually have a two-way conservation with you!
Thinking about getting your own African Grey? Then take a look at our African Grey Parrot care sheet to get yourself prepared. Your new pet will be your new best friend in no time!