Max African Grey Parrot
Max African Grey Parrot. 21-months-old male African grey Max tames in beautiful feather. All our birds are very well socialized and used to the everyday household activity. At TJ Macaws and African Grey home, you can trust in our years of unmatched experience and quality. We offer a 6-month genetic health guarantee on all weaned baby birds (see our guarantee tab) and gender analysis for all babies. African Greys have an average lifespan of 40 to 50 years and also possess a highly intelligent and fun-loving personality. African greys – both the Congo and Timneh — are intelligent, fun-loving animals that crave their owner’s attention. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Description: African Grey Parrot, Red Tail African Grey Parrot, also known Congo African Grey.The African Grey Parrot has been a cherished pet in Europe since the reign of Henry VIII during the sixteenth century, and possibly even earlier than this time. This genus has 3 subspecies ,one now thought to be extinct.The other two are well known and readily available in the USA. The small sub species P. e. timneh known as the Timneh African Grey Parrot is smaller and darker in appearance than the nominate form and has a horn colored top mandible and maroon colored tail. The origins of the Timneh Grey is concentrated in the western coastal regions of Guinea, Ghana and the Ivory Coast of Africa. The nominate form P. e. erithacus is better known by several so called market names such as Red Tail Grey, Congo African Grey, Cameroon African grey and Ghana or West African Grey.These labels have created a very confused public for many many years. Max African Grey Parrot
These names are were normally used by many trappers,exporters and importers to identify the African geographical origin of a particular bird’s ancestry, such as CONGO AFRICAN GREY: from the Central African Congo Republic and other central regions of Africa. CAMEROON AFRICAN GREY: from the Cameroon region of Africa also central Africa. WEST AFRICAN GREY or GHANA GREY: from GHANA or the more western regions of Africa such as the Ivory Coast and Guinea. Some less informed breeders and many bird dealers try to attach these names to their birds describing certain size or color variations, such as, one breeder told me that he has a pair of Cameroon African Greys he would like to sell to me. I asked him how did he know these birds origin? How did he know they came from CAMEROON Africa, He replied with ” Oh, I don’t know where they came from, but they are large and silver ” therefore they are Cameroon African Greys or so he was told by a dealer that sold them to him. Some dealers knew that by attaching these names they could demand higher prices from the unknowing public. In the mid eighties during the heyday of U.S. bird importation, I had several business deals and conversations with several large well known U.S. African Grey importers. These importers said there was no way of anyone ever actually knowing what african region a shipment of African Greys actually were trapped. In fact most shipments contained many birds from several regions. Native AFRICAN trappers could travel large distances and from different regions to sell their birds to exporters and buyers and most of the time would have birds from severaldifferent regions. In a single shipment of 500 or more greys there would be many color variations and sizes. It was common practice for importers to separate the color variations and sizes into groups, and attach names such as Cameroon, Congos, and Ghana’s without ever knowing if these birds were actually trapped in these regions. But by attaching these so called names they got more money from even so called experts. There is a variance in size and color of African Greys throughout Africa, starting from West to East is the darker and smaller to the light silver and larger birds being found more to the East and central regions.But these are not different species but only geo variations and differences due to environmental circumstances and evolution of that group of birds in that location. Some experts believe that diet and evolution can have the most effect on size and color. One theory is, since larger high mineral deposits and unlimited abundant food sources are likely to occur in the more central dense forest regions, over many many years these birds would have evolved slightly larger and have less melanin in the feathers creating a lighter silver look. Joseph Forshaw the reknown author of Parrots of The World book, he states that quartz and many other high minerals and very high nutient rich particles was found in the intestinal tract of birds trapped in Central African regions. Howver the Birds found in the western regions contained very little or none of these high nutrient type particles and noted food sources are more scarce in that region. These western birds would be of course smaller and darker than the birds in the east. Are they a different species?, absolutely not. Should any of these geographically separated birds be labeled Ghana, Western, Cameroon, congo or whatever?