It is the best known of the African Grey and is the nominate species of its genus. This parrot is also known by the common name Red Tailed Grey. Our Congo African Grey parrots have a very long lived and can live 50 or more years in captivity, possibly up to 70 years. They make a nice “jungle” sound when relaxed.
The Congo African Grey Parrot is the largest and more commonly known of the two types of the African Grey Parrot. Congo African Grey Parrots are approximately 12 – 14 inches (32-26 cm) in length and usually weigh 16 ounces (450 g). They are gray in color and have a solid black beak with a bright red tail.Congo African Grey Parrots originate in Central Africa, from the southeast portion of the Ivory Coast extending to western Kenya and down to Tanzania and Angola.Congo African Grey Parrots are talented talkers and begin talking between 12 and 18 months old. They love to mimic sounds and are quite adept at sounding exactly like their owner’s voices. Congo African Grey Parrots that are exposed to more human interaction will tend to speak more cognitively than those that aren’t. African Grey Parrots are flock birds and need interaction and stimulation to develop into their full potential. They are sensitive and very aware to what is going on around them. Time out of their cage and play time with their humans and toys are extremely important.