Scientific Name: Psittacus Erithacus
Distribution: Western Equatorial Africa
Weight: 300-550 g
Size: Approximately 13 inches in length
Distinct Markings: Overall medium gray, edged in pale gray on head and shoulders, pale gray cheeks, large bare skin area around eye, dark gray wing tips, light gray thighs, red tail, black beek, red feet.
Sub species Psittacus e. timneh has a maroon tail.
African parrots are stocky, short-tailed birds. Colors are greys and greens, accentuated by red, orange, or blue markings.
DIET: African greys appear to utilize calcium differently than other psittacine species. Birds kept as indoor pets especially tend to develop signs of calcium deficiency which can be a serious health threat. Natural or full spectrum light may also be helpful. African parrots should be fed a formulated (pelleted or extruded diet) as a basis for good nutrition. The diet should be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables daily to add variety and psychological enrichment.
Treats may be given in small amounts especially as rewards for good behavior. Fresh clean water must be provided every day. Vitamin supplements are not needed for birds which are eating a formulated diet. Pretty Bird manufactures a special diet for African parrots with an easier to utilize calcium source to help prevent calcium deficiency.