African grey parrot

About This Project

A popular… and threatened bird

There are two sub-species of grey parrot: the Congo and the Timneh, which differ in the colour of their beaks and tails. These parrots live in large flocks in tropical forest and communication is essential between them, using both sight and sound.

Highly intelligent birds, they are skilled at imitating human language and very popular as pets… which causes problems since large numbers are captured in the wild for the international trade.

During your visit, you can try and spot the differences between the two sub-species!

Latin name: Psittacus erithacus
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Size: body 35 cm
Weight: 400 g
Lifespan: 50 years (in captivity)
Incubation: 28 – 30 days
Number of eggs: 2 to 4
Habitat: tropical forest
Diet: fruit – seeds
Distribution: central belt of west Africa
Conservation status: Endangered