The African Grey Parrot Home with Shira
Over the years, we have discussed dogs, horses, and even the cats who ignore us on this website. Now we have the opportunity to talk about the African Grey Parrot.
This article came about via conversation with Shira, an animal lover. Notice what she shares with us in the sub-heading, A Warm Temperament Needed
The African Grey Parrot
These birds are intelligent with a distinct red tail. They can learn a vocabulary of over 1,500 words. You never have to carry on a conversation with yourself again. An interesting point is the price cost for the African Grey; which ranges from the mid hundreds in US currency to thousands of dollars. Take a look at the photos below of this beautiful bird.
Shira’s Family Member
Shira is one human that loves animals. She takes great care in knowing how to treat the animals in her care. With that being said, she also has a Great Dane in the family in addition to Bella (African Grey). How do her children get along you might wonder?
Gratefully, we have Shira to tell us about this family arrangement with insightful notes to keep in mind when you are looking to develop a friendship with these birds.
A Warm Temperament Needed
Shira tells us the following experience with the bird’s temperament.
Bella is very calm.. when she is in her cage, it’s her home and does NOT want to be bothered. We let her come to us. She will warn you by making a quick scratch with her foot to her face and a squeak. Bella does bite if you push to hold her. Enough to draw blood; but as a warning, she does not like what you are trying to do. She will come out on her own time. When Bella flies she lands on the floor and explores.
She loves the vacuum cleaner and hanging upside down from the door frame. If you are sitting on the floor and doing something, she will come out to see what you’re doing. Very curious; while always watching and listening to everyone and everything around her. She loves drinking out of coffee cups and mimics like sounds that are often made in the house.
- She says things in a man’s voice as well as women’s voice.
- Bella will mimic your voice if your around enough.
- LOTS of sounds Including a super loud alarm clock beeping (6am, every morning lol)
- Bird chirps (mimics my little kiwi, a female lovebird.)
- A microwave beeping and many more noises and sounds.
Her previous owner was an elderly women who she adored. Bigger parrots are generally a one person, one gender owner. She took to me so when she is out and about exploring, she will step up on my arm with no complaints.
The (Bella) African Grey Parrot Diet
As for what I feed her? There is a special blend of parrot food that is brightly colored and almost reminds me of Trix cereal. Her all time favorite, although, is sunflower seeds 🙂
Shira, what are your insights for anyone looking to purchase or adopt one of these magnificent birds of creation?
If someone is looking to adopt a beautiful exotic large parrot, I recommend mainly patience. The best way I can describe bringing one into your family is they are like abused animals. When you adopt an animal that has been abused, they are frightened, skittish, and on edge. The more you have patience and show them love; the more they will come around. Same as parrots. Let them come to you. Take the time to feed and love them; talk to them… like you would a dog that has been abused… they are extremely smart. I’ve also raised macaws and small birds and parrots.
Thank You Shira and Bella
The Product of Culture website gives a heartfelt thanks to Bella, who this time desired Shira to do all the talking in this interview. Have you come to the conclusion that it is a wonderful thing they have found one another? Once again, thank you Shira for all these tips on how to take care of the African Grey Parrot.