african grey parrot

he African Grey Parrot was one of the many species originally described by Linnaeus in his 18th century work, Systema Naturae, and it still bears its original name of Psittacus erithacus. It is the only currently accepted species of the genus Psittacus. The generic name is derived from Ancient Greek psittakos (??tta???), "parrot".

The African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is a medium-sized parrot of the genus Psittacus, endemic to primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa, and is considered one of the most intelligent birds. As their name implies, they are predominantly grey, with accents of white. Some of their feathers are very dark grey, and others are a lighter grey colour. They have red or maroon tails, depending on the subspecies. They feed primarily on nuts and fruits, supplemented by leafy matter.


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