Top 5 Reasons Why African Grey Parrots Are The Best Pets

African Grey parrots are among the most popular pet birds in the world. They are known for their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech, which is why they have become a favorite of many animal lovers around the world.

African Grey Parrots are the best pets for many reasons, they are great pets for people with allergies as they do not require special food or a large space to keep them.

Below I have listed down the top five reasons Why African Grey Parrots Are The Best Pets, so let’s dive in.

1- Intelligencey

African Grey Parrots are among the most popular pet birds in the world. They are known for their intelligence and ability to mimic human speech.

These parrots have been known to be able to identify themselves in a mirror, which is a sign of self-awareness. They can also use tools and solve puzzles, which is a sign of high intelligence.

Greys are the only parrots that can mimic the sounds that they hear. This skill can be used by pet owners as a way of teaching their parrot’s new phrases or words. They have an excellent memory and can perform complex tasks such as counting, recognizing shapes, and remembering up to 50 words.

Some of them can be incredibly intelligent and can memorize more than 100 words, a good example you can see of my Mitthu (TiktokParrot). He was able to speak complete phrases in three different languages and more than 100 words.

2- Strong Bounding with owners

The African Grey Parrot is also very social, which means that it will want to interact with people and other animals. This can make them great pets because they love attention and enjoy being around people.

They are not only known for their intelligence and the ability to mimic human speech but they are also known for their tendency to form a bond with one person.

These birds often pick their favorite person in the household and will follow them around and try to get their attention when they’re not around.

They are also very social animals that enjoy spending time with their family or owner. They are not only known for their ability to bond with humans and also with other animals.

Grey parrot needs to be in the company of humans for at least 5-6 hours a day, otherwise, they can get easily stressed and feel lonely.

3- Long Lifespan

African Grey Parrots are known to be one of the longest-living species of birds. They can live up to 50 – 80 years in captivity depending on how well they are cared for.

This is because the parrots are not exposed to a lot of diseases and parasites that shorten their lives in captivity. Wild birds are exposed to a lot of external factors like predators, pesticides, and lack of food and water which make them more susceptible to diseases that shorten their lives in the wild.

Many factors contribute to their long lifespan. The first factor is their body size which is smaller than other birds and they have a more efficient metabolism. Another factor is that they have a low basal metabolic rate which means that they need less food to survive and they can go for longer periods without eating.

The third factor is that they will eat almost anything which means that they can find food, therefore make sure you feed them only safe healthy food, toxic food can be deadly same as happened to my Mitthu (TiktokParrot). So always do good research before feeding any new food to your lovely bird.

As I said African Grey Parrots can live for up to 50-80 years in captivity, so you’ll have a pet that will stick by your side for almost all of your life!

If you can’t commit to investing your time in this bird for a long period, then it is not a good idea to get an African Grey Parrot because you will be responsible for its care for many years. They are very social creatures and enjoy spending time with people they know. So, if you can commit for a long time, then it is an ideal pet to have as a companion for years to come.

4- Your stress reliever

Pets are a great source of comfort for many people. They provide unconditional love, company, and security. A pet can take away your stress by providing you with a sense of responsibility and purpose.

African Greys as the pet can help with stress relief because they provide unconditional love and companionship. This is especially true for people who live alone or have lost a loved one. They give you company and make you feel less lonely in your home.

They can reduce stress levels, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and help with the symptoms of depression.

A recent study found that having a pet can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as pets are proven to be good for our health.

So, if you feel lonely then get an African Grey Parrot, which will add additional love to your life, also this bird will welcome you when you get home tired from work and help you release the stress. They are not just a companion but also a friend.

5- No Special Food or Large Space

Usually, pets need a lot of care and special food to stay healthy, but this is not the case with African Grey Parrots. They can happily eat regular food, you don’t have to buy them special bird food. If you feed them regular seeds, nuts, and fruits that should be sufficient. However, there is special food in the market that you can give to your bird as a treat or add to it’s daily diet if you can afford to do that.

If you see your grey is not healthy but not sick also, then try to offer your bird this special diet food which is full of calcium and vitamins which will increase it’s health level and make the digestive system stronger. However, if your bird looks, happy and healthy, you do not need to buy that special food.

 The other good thing is, you don’t have to have an Ali Baba huge house, African grey parrots can be kept in apartments and need only small space. You can keep a perch in the corner of your room or apartment, the bird would happily stay there. I would recommend do not keep your bird in the cage all the time, try to give your bird open space, preferably to make it sit on the perch so it can become its habit.

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