African Gray


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

African Gray

 

(also gray parrot, Psittacus erithacus], a bird of the order Psittaciformes. It is about 30 cm long, with gray plumage and a bright red tail. African grays are found in the forests of equatorial Africa, nesting in the hollows of tall trees; the female usually lays two white eggs. Except for the period of reproduction, African grays gather in large flocks. They feed on fruit and seeds, and flocks of these birds can cause considerable damage to rice and corn fields. The African gray is able to imitate sounds and repeat words and phrases and is frequently kept as a house bird. African grays have been known to live in captivity to an age of over 70 years.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
psittaci, African gray parrots and the cockatoo are very sensitive.
The mean PCV for the blue-naped parrot was comparable with the established range of the African gray parrot by Harrison et al.
CHEWS: Sam with Charlie, the African Gray parrot Picture by ANGIE WEAL

Full browser ?