Parrots use their beaks as protection

Sociable free flyers with aspirations

The sociability of birds does not stop at other species. Well behaved dogs and cats, for example, are accepted as roommates. Socialization with other birds, especially smaller ones, is difficult. Contact with small children should also only take place under supervision in order to protect the terrifying horrors.

In addition to social contact, an African gray parrot needs a lot of space due to its size. Accordingly, minimum dimensions are prescribed for your aviary in this country: It should be two meters long, one meter wide and one meter high. Each additional animal also needs at least half of this space volume.

The aviary serves the animals as a place to sleep and feed. The rest of the time, African gray parrots prefer to satisfy their urge to move and therefore need a lot of free flight.

This should definitely not be missing in your aviary:

  • various opportunities for climbing and gnawing
  • Perches made of natural wood with different diameters
  • Grating made of cross bars or mesh
  • Bathing devices
  • Flooring made of sand, untreated wood chips or bark mulch

The intelligence of African gray parrots amazes scientists and owners time and again. For this reason, employment opportunities in the aviary should not be missing. With the right toys you can stimulate your birds mentally and prevent them from getting bored.

This is how African gray parrots feel at home

Create the most natural conditions possible for your African gray parrots. The brightness phases should last between ten and 14 hours and include twilight phases. Artificial UV sources also provide the birds with vital UV rays. An orientation light is also welcome at night, but the light from televisions or laptops is not.

In addition, African gray parrots do not tolerate dry heating air, as otherwise they tend to pluck feathers. A humidity of over 60 percent is ideal.

Danger: Parrots naturally cannot keep their beak off wood, paper and wickerwork. It is better not to leave such items unattended. Instead, give the birds enough opportunities to gnaw.