Bird Type: African grey

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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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Crop burn and hole

My African gray chick had crop burn and I start treating him with medication. The skin become hard and now the fluid is leaking from a small hole. He got crop burn two weeks ago and the wounds were healing. Kindly advise me on this. Please

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sick bird

hi , i have a african gray and he,s not him self, he,s off his food and only drinks a little water,and all he did yesterday was sleep , could you give me a bit of advice please

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African Grey taming

Good morning I have had a gray for about 3 years now. I acquired her( found out through exam) from a neighbor that had her in a large cage in the back yard. Her original owner died and she has been passed around. I had to get a smaller cage with a playpen so I […]

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Foot Problem with my African Grey

Hi- for the last several months. my female African Grey (30 years old) has has had problems with, first one, and now both of her feet. It seems like she cannot readily open her talons to grip, She struggles to climb across her perches. People at my local bird store say she is may be […]

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bornavirus food

My African grey has bornovirus , I need to know if you have any special diets for this ? Thankyou He is 15, For most of his life he picked the feathers on his chest, one morning when I went to his cage , his voice sounded deep, he then became lethargic , on the […]

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Bird nipping

New young A grey that nips my neck and ears while on shoulder. Ouch!!!! Is this normal. Is this just curiosity or a problem starting. I sternly say no he stops but continues again

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Nutriberries crumbling

My congo african grey loves to hold and eat the nutriberries. However, most of the nutriberries with me have crumbled. This happens with every packet i buy. She still eats the crumbled pieces, but i would like her to have the pleasure of holding the larger nuggets. Is there any way i can put the […]

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getting a good diet

My nineteen month young congo african grey loves your nutriberries. However, i have observed that she picks out the seeds and fruits she likes and throws away the rest. She particularly gors for the white seeds. Consequently, i worry that she will not get a balanced diet. Please advise.

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Floor cleaning

Have heard that certain scents are harmful to parrots. What can I use to clean and deoderize laminate wood flooring that won’t harm my African Grey?

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Acrylic cage or not?

I was thinking of purchasing an acrylic cage. My African Gray is currently in a huge 22 x 24x 62 height play pen cage. But now I am moving into a condominium apartment . I wanted to know if an acrylic cage would be neater for me to clean up? And muffle some of her […]

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Adopted CAG – 16 Years Old

I recently adopted a 16 year old male CAG (Gary) from a man who had a terminal illness and couldn’t keep him. My family visited him once a week for over a month before I brought him home, and I have now had him for about 5 weeks. Gary has only come out of his […]

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Looking for African gray breeder

I’m looking for an African gray baby preferably the Congo and Maryland DC Virginia Pennsylvania area. Do you know of a good reputable breeder for these beautiful birds thank you

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My African Gray is sick

My dog managed to put a tooth into our African Gray in between the cage bar. It did bleed from the below the eye. Since then the bird does not make any noise and is lethargic can’t seem to be able to keep his eyes opens and we noticed he hasn’t eaten or drank water. […]

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African grey

My grey of 9years, she suddenly laid an egg . (No male bird / mating) . What should be done ? Not sure what i should do

Is voice change normal

Is voice change normal? My African gray talks a lot. Lately I’ve noticed it sounds like his voice is kind of a broken record and it seems like his voice has changed. What could this be?

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African Grey

I had called your office and talked to a representative about my African grey that I have been baby sitting. she was very informative. she mentioned I might try a reactangular perch my husband could make but she was not sure about the kind of wood that would be safe for the bird. Also recommended […]

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Same room?

Can a lovebird, African grey and Blue and gold macaw be in the same room in separate cages?

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My new /old bird ” I’m leaving on a jet Plane “

Please help educate me. My Best friend died. And willed me her African gray parrot. What is the best way to get him used to me …and I him. As he used to bite her husband. What can I do to build a good relationship . I know nothing about birds. Thank you ( He […]

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My Grey Is Afraid Of Its Cage

My 21 year old African Grey has suddenly become afraid of being in her cage. I haven’t changed anything. I can’t see anything around the cage that looks different. What can I do?

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senior bird

Hello, I have a question my African Grey will be 12 years old this December 21. My question is when can I feed senior lafeber food to him what age is a African Grey a senior. Thank you and have a great day.

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African Grey needs pairing

Hi, I have a 5 years old African grey male parrot, at this tome I would like to look for his pair, should I get a female with the same age ? Which I think difficult to find or can I choose any mature younger or older female?

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Young African Grey won’t step up

We have an 18 month old African Grey hen (she lives with our 4 year old male). When she came to us she would step up when she wanted to, ie if she ended up on the floor. Now she is able to climb and fly she will not step up at all, she either […]

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Hello! My search keeps bringing me to your site (which I quite love, by the way). My baby Timneh is learning to climb…she hangs by her beak!!! It’s frightening – is it safe??

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My african grey is sick…

I have a 6months old African grey…i bought her on Dec 12th..since then she was very chirpy and loud and was adopting to all of us in the house . A very active bird I must say!A week before,it happened for a persian cat outside my villa to get inside my home where this bird […]

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older bird diet

I have a female African Grey parrot who is 29 years old. She is quite active, talks a lot and generally is a joy to own. I’m wondering about her diet as she grows older. She loves fresh veggies, mostly green and leafy. She seems to have grown tired of the typical seed preparations which […]

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African Grey friend?

I have a rehomed African Grey female (Timnae) and wondered how she would take to another African Grey (Congelese) in a seperate cage yet in the same room. Would this be traumatic or would this become a friend.

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African Grey chick

I am Muhammad Faizan Zafar from Pakistan, I just visiting your website(LafeberVet). This is very informative for me, I need this type of information for my grey parrot chick. I wana know about my grey chick, I give nick name as (Smokey). I m curious about health, weight and temprature of room. I dont have […]

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CAG Plucking, Peanuts

My CAG feather plucks like mad when she eats peanuts. She’s a senior. As far as I can tell you only make one kind of pellet berry without peanuts which I buy. Please make another variety without peanuts. Or is my African Grey the only one with a peanut allergy?

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Inside Dr. Pepperberg’s Lab: African Grey Parrots Show Self-Control

  Grey parrots may sometimes be impulsive—think about how often you may have had to give your bird multiple timeouts for the same behavior (like chewing on your sunglasses) in a very short time period. However, my students and I have shown that our parrot, Griffin, can actually exhibit quite a bit of self-control. We […]

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African Grey biting

I recently got an African Grey. He is 4 years old and now rehomed to me. We love him! However, if we try to get him to step up onto our hand when he is in or on top of his cage, he bites and won’t come to us. If he is on the floor, […]

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Inside Dr. Pepperberg’s Lab: Fun Fundraising Featuring The Parrots

Devising new ways to test parrots’ cognitive skills is the exciting part of Dr. Irene Pepperberg and her staff’s work. The challenging part is finding the exact words to sum up a study — and the even more challenging part is finding creative ways to inspire people to donate to help fund the lab’s research. Fortunately, the parrots can usually be relied upon to “lend a wing” to the cause. African grey Griffin and his fellow greys have been going on epic “outings” to inspire donors to flock to the lab’s Facebook and Tumbler pages.

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Licorice root

Can I offer licorice root as a treat for my African Grey to munch on or tear apart ?

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About Talking

I have few tame n talking parrots like, correla cockatoo and indian ringneck along with African Grey. my African grey is learning and trying to speak…

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Inside Dr. Pepperberg’s Lab: Do Parrots Understand Probability?

To test a parrot’s ability to understand probability, Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s cognitive behavior research lab recently presented African grey parrot Griffin with a task similar to what a 6-8 year-old child might be tasked to do — using three of one item and one of another, if one item was removed, what was the removed item likely to be? Griffin’s answers might surprise you.

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Inside Pepperberg’s Lab: African Grey Griffin Speaks His Mind

As companion animals, parrots are unique in that they can use human language to verbally communicate with us. Dr. Irene Pepperberg knows first-hand the advantages of working with such communicative subjects. African grey Griffin, for example, can verbalize requests to Dr. Pepperberg and her research assistants, such as when he wants to go back to the cage (“Wanna go back”) or sit with them (“Wanna go chair”). But this command of words also creates some interesting dilemmas on how to talk in front of a parrot that understands what you are saying.

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Inside Dr. Pepperberg’s Lab: Prepping For A Film Crew Visit

Inviting a film crew into a research lab devoted to the study of cognitive behavior in parrots involves not only prepping the lab, but the parrots and the filmmakers. Dr. Irene Pepperberg shares her account of having a film crew join her in the lab.

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Rehomed Gray

I rehomed a 4 yr old female Gray She came in a 23x23x34 cage with 1/2 in perch I tried to replace them with 1 in. perch she wanted nothing to do with it hung on the back of the cage until I removed it…

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Parrots Find Creative Ways To Delay Bedtime

With cognitive abilities matching that of a 5-6 year old, African grey parrots can likewise come up with some creative distractions to delay bedtime. This month, Dr. Pepperberg gives us a look back at the bedtime antics of Alex the African grey, as well as how current greys Griffin and Athena attempt to throw a wrench in attempts at a good night routine.

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Parrots Can Play Mind Games

Research with parrots leads to some unexpected results. Some pleasant, like learning words that weren’t trained, and some unpleasant, like acting out.

African Grey Parrot on a perch looks at two differenty sized and colored plastic cups

Day in the Life of Pepperberg’s Parrots

Curious to know what an average day is like in Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s research lab on the Harvard campus? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of African greys Griffin and Athena!

African grey parrot on perch leaning forward

A Microchip Can Bring Your Lost Bird Home

The story of Nigel, the African grey parrot that returned home speaking Spanish, is a good example of how a microchip can facilitate a happy reunion for lost pet.

head profile shot of African grey parrot for Grey Parrot Anatomy Project

The Grey Parrot Anatomy Project

The Grey Parrot Anatomy Project aims to create an accurate physical and digital anatomy reference, including a standardized basis for avian anatomy nomenclature, of the African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus).

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New Pepperberg Research: Can Parrots Share?

Sharing seems to be less common in our nonhuman primate relatives, and appears to occur only under some fairly specific conditions. But what about creatures that are not primates? Our recent studies suggest that African grey parrots also can engage in sharing behavior.

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African Grey Parrot

The African grey parrot’s ability to talk and mimic sounds makes this medium-sized parrot a captivating companion. African grey owners often report that their greys oftentimes talk in context and seem very attuned to their people’s emotions. The African grey parrot is not just a top talker — this bird is also known for its extreme intelligence, which gives them the moniker “The Einsteins of the Bird World.”

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