The Timneh African Grey
Our 16 week old newly weaned Timneh Greys are very sweet and get very attached to their owners. I think one thing that amazes most people about african greys is they can mimic and sound just like a certain voice. I have heard some sound like women and men, some can sound like an old mans voice. Greys are one of the best mimics around. Most greys take some time to develop their talents, some taking a couple years to really get going with their talking. But many are shy around strangers and refuse to talk around strangers, but when the strangers leave, they start up. They make a sweet bird for the beginner or long term bird owners.I must say this, do not be disappointed if your timneh Grey does not perform like those birds you see on TV or read about, as those birds are highly trained and most pets just do not get that kind of training. Love your bird and enjoy it for what it is. The African grey the red tail as well the Timneh has been cherished as one of the best talking species of parrots. Accept them for what they are. Never purchase a parrot with talking as the main objective. They are much more than that. These birds are highly affectionate and intelligent creatures sometimes acting like small children. Now classed as endangers species and threatened in their native homeland due to illegal trapping and international trade. We own and operate one of the largest,selective and most successful .The needs, and requires, stimulation with new toys, a television to entertain, companionship with his people, and challenges. Feather destruction can become a problem in this species whether it is from boredom, stress, habit, or genetics. Plan ahead to keep your bird in an adequate size cage, 32″ x 23″ minimum recommendation, with interesting toys that you rotate frequently to keep him entertained.
The Timneh African Grey Parrot is the smaller of the African Grey Parrot species at approximately 10 inches (26 cm) in length and weighing approximately 10.5 ounces (300 g).Timneh African Grey Parrots are a dark charcoal gray with a pinkish or horn-colored upper mandible (beak) and a dark maroon colored tail. If you look closely, you will see a beautiful scallop type pattern on the tips of their feathers. The origins of the Timneh African Grey Parrot are concentrated in the western coastal regions of Guinea,Cameroon,Ghana and the Ivory Coast of Africa.Timneh African Grey Parrots begin to talk at approximately 6 months to a year. It is believed that they talk sooner than Congo African Greys because Timneh African Grey Parrots mature quicker. Timneh African Grey Parrots are great talkers and can have an extensive vocabulary of hundreds of words. They mimic many voices and sounds. Unlike the Congo, their voices are not an exact replica of the person’s voice they are copying. Timneh African Grey Parrots have their own special little voice – I like to refer to it as a “munchkin” voice as it is so cute. And yes, they do talk in context! Some people believe the Timneh African Grey Parrot is the calmer and more flexible of the subspecies. Feather plucking does not seem to be an issue with these little guys as it is with CAGs. The Timneh African Grey is more apt to continue playing with their toys and talking when other people besides family are around.