There is a huge range of birds on the planet that come in all shapes and sizes. One thing that all birds have in common is that they have feathers, even if they cannot be used for flying. The feathers can be in striking colours, leading to fantastic plumage. Some of the most impressive plumage of all belongs to parrots, and they can be very stunning.
Parrots are particularly intelligent birds, love company and require a lot of mental stimulation. They can form very close bonds with their owners and some species can up to 60 years in captivity. Parrots are also known for their ability to mimic human speech. It may sound as though they are talking but, in reality, they are just copying the sound without understanding its meaning. Some species, however, have demonstrated some surprisingly advanced cognitive abilities. While many are doing well in the wild, others have suffered because of man’s influence.
Various species of parrot have become popular pets all over the world. Here’s a look at some of the most beautiful, and the most popular of these stunning and intelligent birds.
Type of Parrot #10: African Grey
The African Grey parrot is among the most commonly kept species as a pet. In the wild, they are found throughout Equatorial Africa. They feed mainly on nuts, fruits and seeds but will also snack on snails, insects and have been known to eat tree bark for added nutrients. African Grey parrots are among the most intelligent of all bird species. They are known for their excellent ability to mimic and will copy numerous sounds when in captivity including speech, doorbells and telephones.
Although African Greys are a popular choice as a pet, they can be a demanding bird to care for. Their high level of intelligence means that they need to be kept mentally stimulated, otherwise they can be prone to stress. Their popularity as pets also means that they have been taken from the wild in vast numbers and sold into the pet trade. The mortality rate of captured Africa greys is very high and now they are on the endangered species list. It is highly recommended that only captive bred African Greys should be bought and kept as pets.