thriving vs. surviving
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Birdz of Africa
Africa is home
to 22 species of parrots.
The Congo African Grey Parrot is a medium-sized, usually grey, black-billed parrot.
Common in captivity, it is regularly kept by humans as a companion. However, it may be prone to behavioral problems due to its sensitive nature.
Lovebirds are a social and affectionate small parrot.
Seven species are native to the African continent, and the Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar. Their name stems from the parrots' strong, monogamous pair bonding.
The Meyer's Parrot is a small, stocky African parrot. Meyer's parrots display a dull brown head, back and tail, green or blue-green abdomen, blue rump and bright yellow markings on the carpal joint of the wings.
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A continent the size of Africa hosts a surprisingly limited number of parrot species. I count approximately 25 different varieties but the conversation could easily drift into sub-species, etcetera.
The most well know parrots from Africa are the Grey parrots, namely the Congo and the Timneh. These birds are highly intelligent and require a lot of mental stimulation in order for them to thrive in their captive environments. Generally speaking, the Congo has a propensity to choose one person in the family and will often set boundaries for the rest of the human flock. Timnehs are a little smaller in stature and tend to be more accepting of the entire family.
Many people gravitate toward the Greys for the wrong reason; they want a bird that talks. It is true that many of them are excellent mimics of speech and sounds but many of Greys never learn to replicate human speech and therefore an unfair to expectation to place on a bird. My personal observation is that some people are looking for a personal court jester to entertain them when they are idle and the parrot is unable to fill the void in their lives. Sadly, many Grey parrots resort to self-mutilation because their human hosts do not educate themselves on the demands of caring for this highly intelligent parrot. My wife and I have adopted a couple of Greys that had resorted to feather plucking as a coping mechanism to deal with boredom. Thankfully, none of our parrots have started this practice while living with us so we use that as a touchstone that our Greys are "thriving and not just surviving" in our home.
The Cape parrots or to be specific the Brown-necked parrots are intriguing birds as they enjoy human companionship and have a more resilient demeanor than the Greys. Clowns at heart the Capes are highly animated and engaging birds. All of the Capes in our little flock “speak” and it is humorous to hear two of them squabbling between each other in English "no, stop that!"