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Tyler - 2008-11-26
I have a grey and her name is Ruffles. She is 1 1/2 years old and not the biggest talker, although she is the best noise recorder. Recently she has started copying the dogs squeaky toy, and she'll start squeaking away and the dogs will start running around the house trying in vain to find their toy. It's so funny the way she copy's the dogs barks too because it's a higher version of it. So if you want a lovable friend and family member I recommend an African Grey, but be warned they can have a temper.

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Connie and Mayah's Mom - 2008-07-29
Mayah is our 8-year-old Timneh African Grey parrot. Not only is she beautiful, she's one of the smartest, most affectionate Greys I've ever encountered. Everyone who meets her says, "I feel like that bird can read my mind!" I always tell them the same thing; "Oh, she can!" She loves to kiss, and sometimes gets so enthusiastic about it that friends have thought she was trying to bite them! She used to live at my mom's home with a large Macaw who had actually bitten off one of her toenails one day when she picked the lock off of her cage and had been a stressed-out bird until she moved in with my husband and me. Ever since then she's stopped plucking her legs and chest and has become a completely relaxed and happy girl. Her bald spots have filled in with pink feathers in some spots, which makes a lovely mix of colors with her grey and red (yes, Timnehs have burgundy-red tails!) feathers. We're so fortunate to have such a sweet pair of birds in our home!

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ems - 2008-06-05
Amazing, loveable, so funny, cute, aloof, moody, and a bite that hurts! you can say all of these things about a grey and they are all very true. Ours has been with us for 4 months (although it seems like forever) and she is 8 months old. We can't imagine life without her and she makes me laugh and smile every day. She knows the sound of my car and my hubby's moped and starts whistling for us as soon as she hears them. She is out every night for the whole evening with us, and in good weather we take her cage outside which she really enjoys. Life is never dull with a grey and as long as you have time, patience and masses of love - a grey will fit into your family well. I have to say though the female prefers males line is a myth! Ours is a dna'd girl and I am the only one she is affectionate with. Anyone else can pick her up if she 'crashes' but no one but me can touch her. Think very very carefully before you get a grey, they really are a lifelong full time commitment and if you cannot give that then please think of the grey and don't get one. They are not a toy or a novelty. They are a highly intelligent, very sensitive member of the family.

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Dave - 2008-03-16
I have a Congo African Grey called Cleo,
she is 19 weeks old and is absolutely adorable. She and I whistle to each other all the time, especially when my other half is hoovering. The first day we got her she was a bit scared of us and shy. The next morning she woke us up and was amazingly tame, she jumped straight up onto my shoulder and was enjoying a cuddle.
Her new trick is to stand on the top of her cage and to fly onto either my shoulder or my girlfriends.
She is also learning to talk, trying to say a raspy hello like she has a sore throat.
Out of all the many pets I have had she is by far the greatest and most friendly. These are absolutely great animals with varying personalities.
Pure brilliance

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sandesh - 2008-01-20
Hey can anyone tell me where can i buy this bird in India and its cost. Please get me some information on this...

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Erida Kazmaj - 2008-01-01
I have a Congo African Grey. She is 1 year old. When I first bought her she was a shy one. But in one week she started roaming around and playing about and showing off. African Greys are a great choice but, if you want one you need to have the time to spend time with these intelligent birds. I have found out these birds have common sense. My baby Faith is exactly like my baby to me!

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criss - 2007-12-06
I couldnt live without my baby timneh! Its name is shikobah. Dont know the sex yet but I'm thinking it's a female, it doesnt really matter to me. He/she is only four months old and already talks! He/she can say "what doing", "mommy", "thank you", "what", and some other things, and imitates all sorts of voices. I leave the t.v. on in the bedroom. I believe her favorite thing to watch is the cartoon network channel. I think she has a wonderful personality, I'm amazed at how intelligent she already is. I've also found that I'm not depressed and lonely now that I have her/him around. I can really act like a three year old child around him/her, it's so funny. We have so much fun, couldn't ask for a better companion!

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Tami M. - 2007-10-17
I found my Timneh, Sukar, at a pet store. The store was in a poor condition and there was some abusing of the birds, especially Sukar. He was pulled by his legs and bullied around by bigger birds such as Macaws and and an aggressive cockatoo. I couldn't get him and his brother the first time, because I was so upset. The owner of the shop was going to give them to me for cheap, but I did not intend on buying a bird then. In three days I couldn't help but going back and looking for the Timneh. The shop owner told me I can get it for 160$. Seems like the owner wanted to get rid of him by any means, so I took him. He is a wild caught Timneh, untamed, and very very angry. But I didn't care I just wanted to take him away. I bought him a huge cage, lots of toys and mineral perches. I was so excited to introduce him to my baby grey congo and they don't get along yet but still they mimic each other. I took Sukar to the vet the other day and I was told he was underweight, had a skin disease, and his feathers are discolored which made me sad. He was like that, but the vet told me he just need more care. So I did, now he eats fruits and doesn't open his beak that much. In time he will be friendly, trust me, and gain back his weight. He looks very interesting though. :)

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TESSIE - 2007-08-04
I have an African Grey Congo, she or he is at least 13 years old. I've been told she has an import ban. I have had her for 2 years and she started out as a severe plucker and now that she has built trust, she has 80% of her feathers and I handle her everyday. She is a one person bird. She loves to chase my husband and never lets him touch her, or she will bit or chase him down. I let her out of her cage most of the time when I'm home. At this time she has only said one word, 'hello'. Maybe in time she will start talking more. I now would not give her up for anything, she is just like one of my kids.

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Bird Lady - 2007-07-07
Although African Greys are very smart birds, I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that they are the most intelligent. All birds have different personalities, and each bird's intelligence may be revealed in different forms. A Grey may learn quickly and talk readily, but that doesn't mean that all greys intelligence is matched, as you may have accidentally implied.
I have two Congos, a Timneh, a Goffin's Cockatoo, and a Hahn's Macaw. I have enjoyed studying my bird's antics, especially my Grey's. Every single one of my birds has a different personality; this is something I am very glad of!

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