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frican grey parrots in the wild occupy a vast area covering many countries they are found


throughout equatorial Africa, south- eastern Ivory Coast, east to western Kenya to south and north Angola, east to the southern regions of the Congo and north-western Tanzania. With such a large range there is obviously local variation in both the size and greyness of the birds those from the Congo generally being the largest.


In 2006 the European Community banned the import of wild caught greys into the member counties but greys are still being caught in the wild and sent to other areas of the world where counties still accept them. There is obvious concern for their long term survival in the wild if greys continue to be taken. In aviculture these birds are becoming more common in bird collections because they are fairly easy to breed and are


AFRICAN GREY PARROT


not that demanding in terms of aviaries although they will very quickly destroy wooden aviaries as they have strong beaks and take great delight in using them as I know only too well, I have one particular pair that seem worse or perhaps more experienced than my other birds at destroying their home. With regard to breeding they will go to nest at almost any time of the year and it is not unheard of that breeders will have young in the box during our winter fortunately hen greys and the cocks spend a great deal of their time in the nest box and obviously brood and keep warm the youngsters even during the coldest weather. My birds enjoy germinated seeds, currently I am germinating safflower, medium sunflower and mung beans all in separate bowls as I like to just chit the sunflower and the safflower but find that the birds do like the shoots longer on the mung beans. I am sure


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