The Jako Parrot (the African Grey Parrot) is endowed with surprising beauty and intelligence. Highly appreciated for his ability to learn and reproduce sounds, as well as words, the Jako is considered the most talkative cage bird. Being very friendly, the Jako can easily make parrot lovers of all ages like it. It was named Jako by the Portuguese sailors.
Before buying and exotic bird, the future owner should inform himself regarding the biology, pathology, way of life and care of the desired species. Before making a purchase, the bird must be carefully observed in terms of external features and behavior and the transaction should be stopped in case the bird exhibits suspicious features.
After you buy the bird, you should request detailed information regarding the type of food you should use, how it should be prepared, which fruits and vegetables should not be fed to the bird. As with other pets, make sure you purchase a young specimen, as it will adapt more easily.
You should opt for restless, skittish specimens, as such behavior is associated with young age. Getting used to the new owner and the new living environment will occur gradually; during the first few days you should cover its cage for a couple of hours with a piece of cloth. Thus the bird will feel safe and it will have the opportunity to get to know and to get used to the new living environment. The Jako Parrot is very sociable and it needs specials attention from its owner. If you are unable to spend enough time with the bird, you should consider getting it a mate from the very beginning.
External features and measures
There are two varieties of Jako Parrot: The Timneh African Grey parrot and the Congo African Grey parrot. Besides these, there are two other, less common varieties: The Cameroon, which is larger than the Congo (grey plumage) and the Ghana, which is smaller than the Congo and similar to the Timneh African Grey parrot, but featuring a longer neck than the latter. The Congo African Grey Parrot is 33-40 cm tall, it weighs 450-550 g and it has a wing span of 45-50 cm.
The female is smaller than the male and it feature a longer, thinner neck. The African Grey parrots have grey plumage, except for the tail feathers which are red and the whit circles around their eyes. The beak is curved, of a dark grey color. The Jako reaches physical maturityaround age 4.
The Jako Parrot needs a pretty extensive living area, though it can be left free, outside of the cage for longer periods of time. As with other domesticated birds, cage placement is essential. The cage must be placed on a side of te room that is shielded from drafts and well lit. The cage must be spacious enough to allow the bird to spread its wings.
Make sure you choose a cage that is easy to clean and made from resistant materials. The food and water containers should also be made of resistant materials that he bird cannot destroy and which are heatproof. The containers should be cleaned daily, with boiling water and a hard brush. Try to avoid any detergents that might be toxic to the bird.
These birds are almost exclusively vegetarian. In the wild, they eat seeds, fruits and other vegetables. In captivity, their diet comprises cereal seeds (wheat, rye, corn, small kernels etc.), exotic and local fruits (apples, kiwi, mango, pineapple), vegetable (cauliflower, carrots), greens and new branches. It is strictly forbidden to feed this bird onion, chocolate, mushrooms or avocado. The daily intake must comprise 2/3 or 1/2 fresh vegetables and only 1/3 vitaminized seeds.
Its life expectancy of up to 60-65 years is impressive.