Bird Type: African grey

Sore on foot

My 32 year old grey is getting a sore on her foot. I have differ perches and keep them clean. I have used aloe on the sore. It will get better then come back. What can I do to help it heal?

African Grey dusty feathers

“I have four Congos (and 1 Timneh). One of my Congos puts out probably 5 times the dust of the others. Her background is unknow, she came to me from a hoarder case. I have people telling me “”too much dust”” from a bird can be a sign of an issue. She is in good […]

African Grey sleeping

My Joey naps about twice during a day for an hour or so each time, morning and late afternoon, is this typical? And does he still need a solid 10/12 hours at night?

Fresh foods

My TAG is so fussy about eating veg!! What do I do?

Timneh behavior

I have 2 timnehs—one is territorial in the kitchen (on the floor), and attacks the other when she comes near. What’s going on?

Bird Boings

What was the name of the company for the boings?

Avian Vet

Pittsburgh does not have an avian vet in the region. How do you assess a non board certified vet’s skill with bird?

Captive bred Grey

do you notice that domestic bred birds average smaller than the older wild caught/imported birds?

Red feathers on timneh african grey

My timneh African grey (9 yrs old) plucked some chest feathers and now they are growing in red! I’m really worried although he eats and plays a lot and seems normal. Should I do anything for him? Please advise and thank you!

abused african greys

Can having your greys who where abused in a big of a cage make them more nervous or afraid.

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African Grey

My Grey is 30 yrs old and never laid an egg. Does that mean it is a male?

male African grey

My male African grey has suddenly started biting very aggressively. Although I have become more bonded with him.

African Grey Health

My parrot is almost 1.5 years old. He is really loving and calm. However he excretes waste a lot. After every few minutes he excretes. And another thing that worries me is that he tries to fly but hasn’t quite learned the balance, so he bumps his beak and wings into walls which I’m teally […]

African Grey breeding couple

Hi. I already asked about a 4 years old male and 10 years old female greys. I already have all the requirements you mentioned and a great diet but i am confused about them getting along. I don’t mind not having him as a pet if he bonds and become capable of breeding. Given that […]

African Grey breeding couple

Hi. I have a 4 years old African grey that has beed very sexual/hormonal in the past two months so i have decided to get him a female so that he might bond with her. I know it might never happen but i dont mind trying. The female is 10 years old. Is this age […]

Talking African Grey

I have a mature very talkative African Grey My sister in law wants to give me her African Grey as she is unable to keep it. Would my African Grey stop speaking if I bring this other African Grey into our household

African Gray – Health Consultation

Hi, I have a cute African Grey that is happy and super active. Suddenly, we noticed since this morning abnormal thing where he becomes very quite & looks sick. I don’t know what’s happening but it is kind of flu since his voice changed like someone has sour throat. Please we need your advise what […]

African grey sick or not

My African grey age around 1month ++ always open its mouth like shouting loud but no sound is comingwhen it do this the neck extend like reaching something .. and frequently doing this before and after meal. Rest of the time it can still make sound and small perching sound .. shall I meet vet?

Training a Grey

what is a good way to train an african grey, I don’t want to go the rout of using food/treats to get him to do what I want.

what bird to get

Hello,what kind of bird will get along with an African grey parrot Without fighting? Can a green parrot get along with an African grey parrot? Thanks in advance for answering

Plucking Grey

My 30 year old female CAG feather plucks. Vet has no suggestions but worse she screeches for attention and hates the fact our grandkids moved in during the pandemic.

Timneh Grey behavior

I have 2 timneh grays. One is to be a female the other male. Last spring the male started shreading his back and wing feathers. He was just getting to look normal when fall came and he started all over again. Vet said he was shreading feathers to make a nest. Male is around 10 […]

African Grey treats

My CAG loves dry corn and grapes as treats, and I’ve read those can be awful when they are hormonal–maybe because of the starch? Do I need to restrict those treats? Thank you!

African Grey Behavior

I have a 25 year old male African Grey who often tries to …”mate” with my foot. Is this ever going to stop? Do they outgrow these hormones at a certain age?

Blindness in Grey

Over 2 years my grey has gone gradually blind in stages. She is now totally blind, and three vets have no idea why. The final stage was hyphema which finished the sight completely. She eats well, and still talks and is active. I bought her in Africa, have had her over 30 years but have […]

Timneh diet

I recently rescued a four-year-old Timneh that comes from a tough background. The biggest struggle right now is getting him switched over to a healthy veggie and pellet diet. He is underweight already and I’m concerned about him dropping more weight while we attempt to get him to eat healthier. Do you have any advice […]

Grey behavior towards other birds

We got our African Gray as a rescue; he sees all of our other birds as prey, especially our Parrotlet and our cockatiels and our lovebird. He even challenges our Eclectus! Anything we can do to help him be less aggressive?

Cant crush food

Hi my 6 month old african grey cant break down his food. We only got him 2 days ago and realised when he goes to his seeds he throws them everywhere and the one he gets just rolls round his beak, he cant break it down and then spits in out. Last night he was […]

UV Lights

Do you recommend UV lights for hormonal and plucking issues?

Odd feather

Does Athena have a medical or nutritional issue (the red feather on her chest is why I ask)?


How often do the birds talk to each other?


That’s a big beak! Has one of your greys ever tried to bite you and if so, how do you handle it?

Study ethics

although we obviously love and care about your work, do you ever have to justify doing it since some people would think it is a waste of time and money to learn about bird intelligence?

Current studies

What’s the focus or focui of your current studies with the birds?


What do you do for a time out? Do the birds understand they are in time out?

Time Out

What do you do for “time out”?


Are these birds rescues or is it important for research to observe from birth?

African Grey Behavior

I normally work from home during the day on the phone often, Shea, my CAG LOVES chattering and making a lot of noise while I’m on the phone. It’s cute, but not always business appropriate. Any suggestions (she is next to me in her cage/on it typically)?

Grey life span

What do you think is the average life span of greys in captivity?

African Grey Behavior

Do you believe that Grey’s “pick a person” or it’s more about how we socialize them when they are young(er)?

African Grey

My Gray’s eye pupil is black and the white is golden in color. Why?


Hello! I have two African Gray parrots and one Goffin cockatoo. We have a 20 lb order of nutria-berries on order. Since we can’t use 20 lbs worth any time soon I would like to know if I can freeze a portion and later defrost several pounds and if so how long can we keep […]

African Grey screeches

hi, My African Grey has started Screeching in the morning and whistling very loudly. He has never done this before. The afternoons and evenings are different. We don’t know why he screeches and whistles and it’s very irritating. Why mornings and what can change this behavior? How do I put him in time out? Cover […]

Struggling to fly after not being let out of the cage for 3 weeks.

I recently left my 7 year old African Grey ‘Billy’ at my moms house while I was away for 3 weeks. He was in the correct cage but during this period was not let out to fly. When I returned he did not step up straight away instead he climbed around the cage in circles, […]

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After a vacation of bout 2and galf weeks my african grey is not the the same. He bullies me i cant handle hom like before and he chews his wing and tale feathers. Some days are better than others ans then there are the biting every time i get close. Its been more than a […]

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My Africian Grey ( Houdini ) loves his unsalted natural cashews daily (3 pieces ) are these alright for him, he is 20, extremely smart and thinks he has to have his cashews.

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Grays beak

We rescheduled our gray. He was a breeder bird Story is he seen his mate die He was also badly hurt foot , wing, back , neck all broke. We need to trim his beak it is very overgrown and looks like if you were to cross your fingers My main concern is his quick. […]

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