Nemo – African Grey Parrot
Hatched: November 2, 2003
Nemo was hatched by a local breeder and acquired by World Bird Sanctuary in May 2004 to become a member of our Care For Critters program. From May until September of 2005 he was a part of the Milwaukee County Zoo Bird Show. Nemo has a very sweet, happy-go-lucky personality and is fast becoming a favorite of all who work with him.
True to the African Grey Parrot’s reputation of being one of the most intelligent of their species, Nemo appears to learn very quickly. He has a vocabulary that increases almost daily and learns new behaviors in an amazingly short period of time. He learned to wave in less than a week! He loves unusual sounds and whistles, and his favorite foods are grapes, bananas, and peanuts.
Species: African Grey Parrot
Latin Name: Psittacus erithacus erithacus
Description: medium sized parrot; dark grey wings; pale grey rump; featherless rim of skin around the eyes is whitish to light grey; head and neck feathers have paler margins giving a scalloped appearance; short red tail feathers; black beak
Sex: reliable only via endoscopy or DNA sexing
Age: 50-70+ years
Wingspan: about 28″
Weight: 14-23 oz.
Habitat: rainforests, cultivated land, mangroves, wooded savannas, and gardens
Status: listed as “NT” (near threatened) in large part due to trapping for the pet trade; in the U.S. importation is prohibited under the U.S. Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992
Range: lowland forests of central Africa, Guinea Island, Kenya & Tanzania
Behavior: form lifelong monogamous bonds; nests in tree hollows and cavities; during breeding season the male feeds his mate and both sing soft monotonous notes; the female will sleep in the nest cavity while the male guards it; female lays 3-5 eggs at intervals of 2-5 days; female incubates the eggs; male feeds the incubating female; incubation lasts 30 days; males feeds both the female and young; young fledge at 12 weeks after which both parents feed young
Diet: in the wild, a variety of fruits & vegetables; in captivity quality pelleted diet, a variety of vegetables, fruits, and occasionally nuts
Vocalization: screams less than most parrots; considered the best mimic of all parrots
- Considered by many to be the most intelligent of all birds. Some individuals have been documented as having a 500-800 word vocabulary, and amazing cognitive abilities.
- Like most parrots, African Greys are high maintenance pets, requiring a great deal of personal attention if they are to remain happy and healthy. When not given enough attention, they develop a host of health and personality problems.