Animal Stories - African Grey Congo

Animal-World Information about: African Grey Congo

   The Congo African Grey is one of the most loved parrots, and renown for its talking ability!
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sam - 2013-10-09
The best little people in the world.

Leanna - 2004-01-07
Williebird came to live with me about 3 years ago, after one of my best friends died. My life has not been the same since! She is a total chatterbox, which I love, I am mummy, the dog is called by her name, and the cat is called by her name. Intelligence is not enough of a discription about this species. I cannot imagine life without her now, and to think I was scared of birds before she came along! They are a lot of work, they need LOTS of attention, but worth every effort!!!!!

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  • sam - 2013-10-09
    I have a congo now for 11 years and I can not be with out her. She is my life. I work the midnight shift so I can be with her all day. She is very jealous of girls, so I don't date. I keep her very happy as she does me. If anything happens to her, I don't know what I'll do. I will die. She keeps me going as my significant other passed away about a year ago. I cry just thinking about her. The smartest girl I have ever known, better than some people I know, no joke. Time and care is all they need, oh, lots of love.
alex mccleish - 2012-02-24
I have three african greys of 14 weeks old and I am looking to sell to some good homes 500$ each. email me at

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  • Julio - 2013-06-28
    Where are you from? I am from mass. Looking for a congo..
Rhonda - 2013-03-22
Hi! I am adopting a African Congo Grey 17 wk old in the next 10 days. I am making a home visit twice and plan to set-up my home; like the current one. However she has had a Dx. of Yeast infection (and it has cleared according to the vet) and she did pluck-out her breast feathers; but these are grown in an totally covered w/new feathers. What else can I do to ease-her-transition? And what IS the ideal care-diet-etc. for Prevention of Yeast infections? Any INPUT sincerely Appreciated!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Yeast are found everywhere in the environment. However most healthy birds with good hygiene care will generally not be affected by yeast. Proper cage cleaning, sterilizing hand feeding equipment, and a proper diet can help avoid infection. Fresh foods can spoil quickly, in just a few hours, especially when its hot and humid.

    Other things that can help avoid yeast include lactobacillus supplementation (good bacterial normally found in parrots). Benebac is one psittacine-specific probiotic that has been specifically developed for the avian gut and intestine. Some keepers also add a bit of organic apple cider vinegar in the drinking water from time to time to help make sure the GI tract is too acidic for yeast to multiply.
Ellen - 2012-12-02
My parents have two birds. One is an African Grey and the other is a Green Amazon and they have lived in very sunny California for 15 plus years but have recently retired and will be doing too much traveling to maintain the birds. They want them to come live with me in the middle Georgia area for a couple years . My question is will they be ok to fly here and with stand the cold. It gets down to the mid 20's two months of the year and gets to 111 or more with high humidity for 2-3 months. They have always lived outside and if it got hot where they are but like desert heat and no lower than 30 during the winter months and that was only for the morning hours. Any help would be great . Ellen

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-03
    It really depends on the setup you provide for them while they are at your home.  They can tolerate temperatures from 40 - 90 without difficulty given a nest box (for cold) and something to protect them from the sunlight (shade).  Below 40 degrees it would be best to use a heat lamp on part of the cage or bring them onto the porchor in the home.  Above 95 degrees - again you wold probably want to bring them into the home or have them on a porch. Many raise birds outside and the avairies are essentially close in the winter to prevent some of the cold and wind and then sprinklers can be run over the tops of the aviaries to cool in the summer.  It can be done without to much difficulty.  Neither the grey or the amazon is a very large bird, it might be easier for you to just purchase two amazon cages and have them inside the home.
  • iftikhar ahmed - 2012-12-31
    I need a Gray Parrot African Cango please any one tell me any website or contact number on My Email Address
Kali - 2012-06-24
I have an African Grey! Her name is Neeka

Vicky Fuentes - 2012-03-30
Hi my name is Vicky. My family and I are looking to adopt or buy a congo gray african. We love birds, right now we have two cockatails and a dog. My dog loves the birds, we recently got the birds but we had one for 15 yrs and sadly past last year! We are learning more of congos and would love one soon!

Erin - 2011-04-25
I have a beautiful 6 yr old african grey (congo). His name is Molokai, and he has a wonderful personality and can actually carry on a conversation. I am looking to get him a friend. I would love to to get him a quaker parrot but they are illegal where I am from. So I was thinking more of a parakeet.
If anyone is breeding them now I would love one. I want a handfed baby. If anyone knows of someone who has parakeets for sale that were just hatched, please let me know! Thanks. Erin

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  • Iqbal - 2012-04-07
    Hi Erin,
    Where do you stay? Are you looking for congo parrot. Reply if so..........
gary - 2011-01-09
My birds name is ozzie. He is an african grey congo and is 15 years old. Recently he has been having seizures of some type. He eats and drinks well. I only feed him ZuPreem and peanuts occasionally for rewards. He shares a small temperature controlled room with another conure. They have been buddies for years. At any time day or night several times a week he falls off the perch and screams for several minutes as he seems cramped up on the bottom of the cage. If I am there I usually hold and pamper him for several minutes until the event subsides. Then he is back to himself. All vets that I have visited have very limited avian knowledge so I don't take him to the doctor for check-ups. He seems not to be unusually quiet and I am concerned. Is there anyone out there that may have knowledge of this condition? I don't know what to do for this little, very smart guy.

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  • ann - 2011-01-14
    Well I don't know much about greys but I do know that all parrots need fruit. You mentioned that you only feed him zupreem and the occasional peanut, so try giving him a little fruit and dark leafy greens and take him to an avian vet ( they might know more about birds). Also put something soft (but nothing that he could ingest or get his nails or body stuck in like a soft towel or blanket) below his perch so he doesn't get hurt when he falls. Make sure there is still a place for him to eliminate and keep the grating on the bottom of the cage or whatever you have on the bottom of the cage. Plus if it's a disease make sure your conure doesn't get it so supervise them and maybe don't let them share food. Above all please take him to the vet even if they do have little knowledge on birds they can still do something for him. I am not very experienced but based off research I think I am giving good advice. Even if you don't go to the vet (which you should) you can call and they will give you some advice. Also if money is an issue the clinic will probably have some financial plan of monthly payments. You could also keep a baby monitor near his cage so you know when he's having an episode. hope this helped and good luck! :)
  • ann - 2011-01-14
    Sorry I left a few things out in my comment. Don't let the fruit sit there for too long or it will spoil and make him sick and when I said " ...not something that he could ingest and get his nails or body stuck in like a soft towel or blanket..." I meant that a soft towel or blanket is safe to use. Don't use a towel with the tiny loops all over them he'll get his nails caught. Greys also need a lot of calcium, even the males. Also feed him fruits and veggies, but NO avocado. Also they have trouble digesting dairy so don't give him calcium from dairy, try a cuttle bone.
  • Theo - 2011-01-30
    Try giving him calcium supplements. That usually solves seizures in African grey s.
  • April Chapman - 2011-12-04
    Hello!!!I also am a Grey parent and there are several sites out there that are knowledged on these conditions. KNAPP-TIME and petfinder are great sites that have links to avian vets that are very knowledged in parrots. The fresh fruits and vegtables along with calcium are all good for your grey, but you need to find out exactly what is going on instead of guessing for they are our Feathered kids. I wish you and your sweety all the best and hope this will be helpful to you. In my Prayers
  • Renae - 2012-01-15
    The two things I can think of right off would be lighting and perches. Birds need natural sunlight or full spectrum lighting or both for them to get the nutrition they need from food. I'm pretty sure you can search this for more explanation if needed. The other thing is that they need to have different sizes and types of perches if they are confined to a cage for long periods of time. Working in a vets office we would see people bring in birds that had only a small round perch to stand and they usually had so many problems that all started from the wrong size of perch. All of my cages have wood (which varies in size), rope and perches that help to keep the nails worn down so I don't have to trim quite as often. Fresh fruits and vegetables might give more variety however Zoopreem is an awesome brand of food and I don't think the problems your describing could have to do with a Zoopreem diet. On the other hand food allergies do so many strange things. I have a fourteen year old German Sheppard that suddenly developed an allergy to grains about 18 months ago. While trying to pin point the exact allergen her health has really gone down. I know she is old but it is as if the body turned on itself. She developed sores all over her body, it was a drastic reaction to the food she had always eaten. The very best advice is to keep looking for an avian certified veterinarian that can draw blood and do an in depth complete check up. Even if you have to travel a couple hundred miles I would do it. Don't overlook veterinary schools such as Kansas State University where they have student doctors as well as their instructors. These type of places will go the extra mile to find the problem. I have actually had them ask me to bring in one of my healthy birds so that they would have "normal" results to compare to the results they got on a sick bird. If you are anywhere near Manhattan Kansas you might check into that (I happen to know that they have the normal results to compare for a CAG). They are not the only school out there that can do this so SEARCH for a good vet and don't settle for less. Try the different type perches though because just going from what you said that might be all it is. Good luck!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    WOW that is a rough one question as it could be anything. The problem is can it be fixed or medicated and possibly into many hundreds of dollars or more to find out. Branson Ritchie, DVM is probably one of the best avian specialists in the world. He is at the University of Georgia and is known throughout the avian world. This is a link to him Branson Ritchie and his office telephone is 706 542 6316 and his email is I doubt you will get through to him but possibly one of his students or another member of the research department. It is worth a try. A little fella having seizures is pretty unusual - possibly just enough unusual that they would take an interest in your Ozzie. I trust him 1000 million percent. I don't know that he can or could do anything but never know.
Nisha Prakash - 2008-01-22
I have a Congo grey, she is 3 years old. We call her Cutie. She loves my 7 year old daughter, Shayal. Shouts her name in the mornings to get her up for school, tells her to bath and so on. Cutie is Shayal's alarm. Cutie addresses Shayal so sweetly it is unbelievable. I get really baffled when she makes the sound of my phone ring tone, she barks like the dog (always telling her she has identity crisis), she makes the sound of the alarm, says "hello" just like my husband, has a whole conversation as if she is on the phone with someone. REALLY AMAZING. Oh we love her to bits. She is part of my family, its like we have another baby around us. I cannot imagine life without Cutie, we are really fond of her.