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World Parrot Day 2020: The African Grey Parrot

A few days ago it was the world Parrots day which made me think about this particular one called the African Grey Parrot that calls some parts of Uganda home.

The medium sized Parrot is famously called Kasuku. It is characterized by large and broad grey wings, creamy yellow eyes and has an outstanding short scarlet red vent tail.

The African Grey Parrot is in the species Psittacus.

The Grey Parrot is usually found in dense forests, at the forest edges, wooden savannahs and gardens or what we may refer to as cultivated land.

They like feeding on fruits, nuts, seeds, snails and insects.

Grey Parrots has an incubation period of 28 days. It lays 2 to 4 eggs and takes about 12 weeks of fledging duration.

They mature sexually at the age of 4 to 7 years and have a life span of 50 years.

They are monogamous which means that they only mate with one companion at a time and both parents look after their chicks.

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Intelligence tests done on them revealed that the bird is a vocal communicator with high innate intelligence.

Conservation threats

The African Grey Parrot’s beauty has made it as one of the most sought-after bird on the pet trade.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature {IUCN} the African Grey Parrot species is undergoing a rapid population decline.

Currently they are estimated to be around 40,000 -100,000 Grey Parrots remaining in the world.

The Nationally threated species for Uganda report named the African Grey Parrot as one of the endangered species in Uganda.

Many Parrots are reported to be in people’s houses as pets in Uganda

Where can the African Grey Parrot be found in Uganda?

The African Grey Parrot can be found in the Albertine Rift in Uganda mostly at Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and surrounding areas of Lake Victoria.

 

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