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AFRICAN GREY PARROT

Scientific Name: Psittacus erithacus
Order
Psittaciformes (parrots and cockatoos)

Family
Psittacidae (African and Neotropical parrots)

Habitat & Range
Grey parrots are found in the lowland rainforest and savannah regions of Central and West Africa. They live in large flocks numbering in the hundreds.

Identification
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Name: LINNY (female)
Location: Outside of the Wetlands
Born: 07/30/1998
Arrived at EPZ: 08/29/2002
 
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The birds are ash grey throughout with black feet and black bills. Their tail and occasionally their wingtips are bright red.

Diet
Grey parrots feed primarily on fruits, nuts, seeds and leafy matter – all foods that produce high energy for the bird’s elevated metabolism. They have also been observed eating snails.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Grey parrots typically lay 3 to 5 eggs per clutch. The female incubates her eggs for approximately 30 days while the male supplies her with food. Both parents provide hatchlings with care. The life span of the grey parrot has been known to exceed 70 years.

Fantastic Fact
African Einsteins
Grey parrots are renown for their heightened intelligence. Scientists have been able to prove these birds possess the ability to associate simple human words with their meanings, and perform cognitive tasks at the same level as dolphins, chimpanzees, and human toddlers.
 
 
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