An African Grey Parrot Talking
Ever Heard An African Grey Parrot Talking?
It is one of the most amazing things when you first hear
your african grey
parrot talking. Not only because the words are intelligible
but also because the bird does a very good job of mimicing your
voice as well. It shouldn't really be all that surprising as
grey parrot is highly intelligent and has had a reputation
for hundreds of years of being able to repeat words. Some have
been recorded with a vocabluary of almost six hundred words.
There are times when you hear your african
grey parrot talking that you would swear blind that your
bird actually understands what he is saying. And not without
good reason either. African grey parrots are in fact able to
string words together in a coherent fashion because they do
have a certain level of understanding.
There are two subspecis of african grey parrot. There
is the Red-tailed Grey, sometimes called the Congo African Grey
and the smaller parrot called the Timneh African Grey. Both of
these parrots have red tail feathers but the smaller Timneh
African Grey's tail feathers have a darker, almost maroon
appearance. Both of these parrots produce a fine powder like
down, called dander, for preening. Both also have the same
talking ability including being able to mimic and string words
together logically. These parrots don't only just mimic speech.
They will pick up any sound that takes their fancy. Don't be
surprised when your telephone "rings" and then stops before you
get there. It just might be your African Grey parrot
Parrots in general do not have vocal chords so how do they
speak? We, as humans, can produce sound by blowing across the
top of a bottle and when you hear your african grey parrot talking
this is more or less how he parrot talks. By forcing air across
the top of his trachea your parrot can produce sound. He can
vary the sound produced by changing the shape of his trachea.
This obviously takes quite a bit of practice on the part of
your bird. This is why you will often hear your bird muttering
or babbling away to himself in his cage until he is confident
enough of the sound he his producing to say it out loud. You
will generally, however, only hear your african grey parrot talking
when he is about a year old.
It must still be remembered however that no matter how well
spoken your bird is or how tame he appears to be your parrot is
still very much a wild creature. At most your African Grey is only two
generations from the wild. Most of his behaviors will be
motivated by a sense of wanting to belong. In the wild safety
is found in being a member of a larger group, a flock. As he no
longer has a flock of birds to which he belongs you and your
family are now his flock and he will look to you for all his
can be very demanding creatures and will take a lot of your
time if you are to look after one as it should be looked after.
They crave attention, just like a child, and can be just
as demanding, annoying and noisy until they get it. Think
carefully before committing yourself to one, especially as they
can live for more than fifty years.
But if you put the time and effort in they can make
fantastic pets. And when you hear your African Grey Parrot
Talking you will always be amazed.