African Grey Parrot
African Grey Parrots occur naturally in the moist, lowland forests of western and central Africa, especially Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya and Angola. Due to their gentle nature, intelligence, and ability to mimic human speech, these medium-sized parrots are popular pets. They can live up to 70 years in captivity.
The African Grey Parrot is the world’s third most commonly traded wild bird species. This high demand for the pet trade has led to significant trapping of wild birds and has seriously jeopardized the species’ survival in its native habitat. As a result, importation of wild-caught African Grey Parrots into the U.S. is prohibited under the U.S. Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992. In addition, wild African Grey Parrot populations are suffering from habitat loss in many parts of Africa due to clearing of native forest.