The Timneh African Grey
Latin name: "Everythingus you could ever wantus!"
We will not have Timneh African babies this year
From our experience, we LOVE the Timneh Grey as a pet. Their relatively small size makes them a great bird to pack along on a hike in the mountains or even around the home as you do your chores. Their amazing intelligence and talking ability will fascinate you and keep you entertained.
Neither of our Greys mimic only! They make up their own words and put them together on their own, too! The Timneh's previous owner was at work all day and would leave the TV on for the bird. As a result, Papagei (or Papagal since we found out he is a she!) will just spit out sentences unheard of before and never heard again!!! Our Timneh Grey is an excellent talker. The Timnehs talk and have just as big a personality as their larger cousins.
One thing we have noticed about our Timneh is security on the ground. Papagei gets on the ground and hops and skips and has an absolute ball. In the wild, Timnehs are on the ground much more while the Congos stay up in the trees. My Congo is very secure when when she is on her hanging playgym. She gets on top of it so that her back is touching the roof and then sings and talks.
Papagei will let anyone hold her and touch her back and beak your finger if it isn't me! Greys love attention and love to show off!...even to other birds! She was extremely easy to potty train and poops over the play stand whenever mom tells her to.
The Greys are a very fun and interactive bird and they do have the potential to bond with one person over others. This bond is not necessarily so strong that they hate other people but they will definitely prefer "their person!!!" Our Timneh is not as strongly bonded to one person...meaning that she seems to like everybody equal. Here are some pictures...
Buying a Grey is a huge commitment and the potential owner needs to do lots of research into nutrition, their needs and behavior in order to be prepared. I recommend reading the book by Bobbi Brinker called For The Love of Greys. There is also an email chat list called "The Grey Connection" which would be another good place to start.
Here are some excellent links to begin reading up on African Greys (both Congo and Timneh).
These first four web articles do a super job on describing Greys, some of the current myths and the truth regarding this fascinating bird:
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww26ev.htm myth 1= Greys are clumsy
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww26evi.htm myth 2= Greys are pluckers
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww26evii.htm myth 3= Greys are one-person birds
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww26evij.htm myth 4= Greys need more calcium
Then these next articles are on the breeding of African Greys and have many qualities that you will want to look for in a breeder.
http://www.africangreys.com/articles/other/breeding.htm An article about producing well socialized African Greys
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