The Grey Parrot can be found in mangrove forests and damp lowland forests of central Africa. It nestles around tree-covered savannas, agricultural areas and gardens. During the drought, it can migrate to more humid areas.
Grey Parrots live in colonies – pairs occupy trees adjacent to each other. They lay eggs in hollows, thus they are eager to use abandoned woodpecker nests. When incubating spherical, white eggs, the female is fed by her partner.
The birds are known for their ability to easily learn to speak which makes them one of the favourite companion birds. Wild ones, on the other hand, are suspicious and skittish towards people. The constant desire of having one of them as a pet makes it to disappear from its natural habitat. In addition, birds imitating human speech often lose their reproductive instincts.
- Latin name: Psittacus erithacus
- IUCN – Red List – EN – Endangered
- CITES – Appendix II