There is a large and growing population of African Grey Parrots in the US, specifically in the south. Because these birds are so expensive to buy and raise, it can be a big challenge. However, when you have a bird lover in your corner, especially if you raise your bird from an early age, it can be especially rewarding to have a bird that interacts with you on a daily basis. You'll also appreciate having a pet that isn't aggressive or damaging. These parrots are very friendly, making them a wonderful addition to any household.
These types of parrots have a high reputation for their intelligence and for mimicking what they see around them, including humans. They will mimic your voice or even talk back at you. This can often be frustrating, especially if you get the impression that the bird is mimicking you in a mean-spirited way. But in reality, these birds are just trying to learn how to communicate with you. Sometimes it takes repetition of a lesson for them to understand that it's not good to insult or mock another parrot without reason.
When entertaining parrots, there are a lot of things to do to keep them happy and entertained. They love to eat, obviously. You can add toys and treats to this mix, but you can also simply hang birdseed in the cage once per day. The type of birdseed you use is up to you, but it should contain sunflower seeds, as these are the most nutritious. Providing a varied diet will keep your bird feeling healthy and active.
Unlike some breeds, African Greys are extremely playful and sociable birds, and they like to interact with others. If you own an African Grey parrot, then you'll likely get a lot out of its time. In fact, it can be said that these animals are easy to train when properly motivated. When they're frustrated, however, they can become destructive. If you want your pet to stop clawing furniture, scratching other people's cars and making noise during flights, then you'll need to make sure you keep him engaged in some other positive activities, or else he'll just find more reasons to destroy things.
Providing fresh water regularly is a good idea. A clean bath will ensure your bird has plenty to eat and drink, and he'll enjoy spending time looking at his reflection in the water. You'll also need to take some time out for playtime, which will ensure your bird feels happy and healthy. Playtime doesn't need to be anything complicated; toss a ball or two on a platform in the yard and let your parrot fly around, swing its wings and flap its wings.
Taking your bird off lead is a part of proper parrot care, and it's something you'll need to teach your bird if you have an aggressive breed. Lead removal is actually pretty easy and the best time to do it is when your bird is young and hasn't learned to fight back yet. When your parrot is mature, though, you need to take it off leads as a matter of safety, because if it starts biting and defending itself, you'll have no choice but to euthanize it.
The most important part of bird care is making sure your bird house is kept clean all the time. Unlike dogs or cats, birds don't shed. But that doesn't mean you can't keep an eye on them and keeping their houses clean will ensure that they stay healthy. Regular cleaning will help deter diseases and illnesses from spreading through your bird house, and it'll also make it easier for you to move around the house if your bird suddenly needs to go somewhere else.
Finally, you should give your pet a bath. This isn't necessary on every day, but make sure you give your parrot a bath at least once a week, especially if you're planning on leaving it outside. Your bird house acts as its own natural weathering unit, and a wet and dirty bird house is just as harmful to your parrot (and its feathery friends) as it would be to a human being. After all, birds are completely dependent on humans for shelter, food, and water.