Hello ..... sorry for not replying earlier. I don't know much .... well, nothing at all really! about African Greys. I'm sure there will be some knowledgeable person on here who can help you. I know a couple who live near me who have one and he takes up an awful lot of their time .... they absolutelu adore him tho ..... their lives revolve around him.
They are beautiful birds and it's very rewarding having one. They demand an awful lot of your time though, they are as intelligent as a 5 year old child and demand the same amount of time. If not handled regularly they easily turn into biters and if you've ever been bitten by one - well you bloomin well know it! lol If I were at home for 80% of the day I would consider getting one as they really are adorable. There are some handreared ones going near me for £900
Size wise - depends on whether you want a congo or a timneh, but generally between 10 and 12 inches (about 3 quarters the size of a macaw) They are heavy built birds.
They are really good talkers and fantastic mimics, phone rings, snoring, coughing etc... They are intelligent enough to decifer colours and numbers and they are always eager to learn.
If you go for one chirp - they can live to 50+ years so they are quite a lifetime commitment also
The Congo African Grey Parrot is a medium grey bird with shades of light grey on the body. The feathers on the head have brushed white edging. The eye area is of bare white skin. A solid black beak and bright red tail are the finishing touches to this magnificent parrot. Young CAG's have dark grey tips on their tail feathers. They are also known as the "Red Tailed Grey". They vary in from 12-14" from beak to tail, also can vary in weight between 400-650 grams depending on the frame of the individual bird. Greys from Nigeria usually have dark grey wings. CAG's from the Congo region are, on average, larger in size. On occasion you might see a Grey with red feathering throughout the body - they are known as "Red Factor Greys". The Timneh African Grey Parrot is a dark grey bird with shades of light grey on the body. The eye area is of bare white skin. They have a "bone" colored upper mandible and a dark maroon tail. The Timneh is smaller in size ranging from 9-11 inches beak to tail. Also TAG's can vary in weight from 275-400 grams. The CAG and TAG as a baby parrots will have dark grey to black eyes up until they are roughly 6 months of age when their eye color starts to lighten. By the time they reach a year, their eyes become a pale grey color. At about 1.5 to 2 yrs their eyes will turn a pale straw color. And lastly at about 3-4 years of age, they will have a light yellow iris. This is one way to be able to determine an estimate of how old a baby is when visiting bird stores. Grey's usually reach maturity at about 4-5 years of age.
The African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is a medium-sized parrot endemic to primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa. Experts regard it as one of the most intelligent birds. They feed primarily on palm nuts, seeds, fruits, leafy matter, but have been observed eating snails. Their overall gentle nature and their inclination and ability to mimic speech have made them popular pets. This has led many to be captured from the wild and sold into the pet trade. The African Grey Parrot is listed on CITES appendix II, which restricts trade of wild caught species, because wild populations can not sustain trapping for the pet trade.