Sherlock – African Gray Parrot

Sherlock is a male African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) who joined us in 2010, and was born around 1997. Sherlock’s owner passed away and his family wasn’t able to keep him. We are happy to have him as part of our family.

The African grey parrot is mostly grey, with a black bill, with red tail and undertail. Both males and females are similar in appearance; however juveniles will have dark grey to black eyes while adult eyes are greyish-yellow.

Little is known about how these birds court each other in the wild, however they are known to be monogamous, and nest in the cavities of trees. After 3-5 eggs are laid within the nest, the female incubates for a month while her mate brings her food. Once hatched, the young leave the nest after three months.

The natural habitat for the African grey parrot is the equatorial jungles of Africa, in the countries of Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Congo, Uganda, Kenya and Angola. Though they tend to be found in more dense forests, they are also known to inhabit the edges of the forest and savannah forests. They are rated as vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). The largest threat to these populations is humans, due to the high mortality rate among imported birds.

The African grey is popular as a pet, due to the bird’s high intelligence and ability to mimic human speech. Research has shown these birds to perform at the cognitive level of a 5 year-old child. There are many sources on the web to show how to properly care for these birds as a pet.

African Gray Trivia: Both of our African Grays bark like a dog and meow like a cat to get attention.

African Gray Parrot Facts:

Body Length

13 inches

Wingspan

18 – 20 inches

Weight

1 lb

Incubation Period

30 days

Number of Eggs

3 – 5

Life Span

23 years in the wild, 40 – 60 years in captivity