The Grey Roost

African Grey Facts

1. African greys have been kept as pets for many years. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics presents evidence of this. They were valued for their talking abilities by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and King Henry VIII of England was said to have kept one as a pet.

2. In the early days, these beautiful birds were killed and used as food by natives. Their striking red tail feathers were thought to be decorative, as well as possessing some magical powers.

3. Greys that had excessive red Feathers were referred to as King Congos or Red Factor. They were held in high regards by the natives, thinking they possessed magical powers.

4. It is currently illegal to import African Greys into North America under CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Importation of wild caught parrots into the United States ceased in 1992 with the enactment of the Wild Bird Conservation Act. It is still legal to import them into Europe.

5. Cameroon African Greys are not a sub-species. They are just large silver Greys. They originally came from the old Congo(turned Zaire, turned Congo) At one point, the Congo ceased exporting of the African Grey. However exporting continued out of Ghana, Togo and the Cameroon regions. Greys were being illegally trapped in the Congo and being smuggled into the Cameroon Region. Thus still being able to export the grey legally, though illegally caught.

6. Togo, Cameroon, Ghana, Congo and Angola Greys, are nothing more then the region or country from which these parrots originated. They refer to variations, and not subspecies.

7. Different mutations of the Grey are now being developed. Some have very high red concentrations, and are called Red Factor or King Congos.

8. Blue mutation turns the tail white. There are a few of these rare birds in the world.

9. The first all red African grey was hatched in Africa in 2007, by a breeder.