Grey Parrot - Psittacus erithacus
Like most members of the Psittacidae family, it integrates the music of our spoken words into the songs it uses for communication. Which is why we say it talks even though it does not have the organs required for talking. This small parrot is the largest of the African parrots and has the learning capacity of a 3 year-old child.
CLASS : Aves
ORDER : Psittaciformes
FAMILY : Psittacidae
WINGSPAN : 0.4 m
WEIGHT : 400-490 g
CLUTCH SIZE : 2-3 eggs
INCUBATION : 21-30 days
LIFE EXPECTANCY : 70 years
DIET : fruit and seeds. It mainly depends on the oil palm for its food, only taking the oily flesh of the fruit, not the hard nuts.
NATURAL HABITAT : it mainly lives in primary and secondary low-lying rainforests. It also frequents forest margins and glades and can be found in mangroves and gallery forests. It feeds in wooded savannahs and cultivated areas.
RANGE : Africa
Conservation status info
EN : Endangered
The primary cause of the decline of this species is illegal trade: foreign and domestic trade (as pets, and it is also used in traditional medicine in rituals). Loss of habitat is also a major threat.
The latest assessment in 2018 classifies this species as EN (endangered)