Congo African Grey Timneh Parrot: Tiki For Sale – Birds For Sale Now
The African Grey Parrot has been cherished pet in Europe since the reign of Henry VIII during the sixteenth century, and possibly even earlier than this time. This genus has 3 subspecies ,one now thought to be extinct.The other two are well known and readily available in the USA.
Name : Tiki
Sex : Female
- DNA Sexed
- Hand fed
- Hand Raised
The small sub species P. e. timneh known as the Timneh African Grey Parrot is smaller and darker in appearance than the nominate form and has a horn colored top mandible and maroon colored tail.
The origins of the Timneh Grey is concentrated in the western coastal regions of Guinea, Ghana and the Ivory Coast of Africa. The nominate form P. e. erithacus is better known by several so called market names such as Red Tail Grey, Congo African-Grey, Cameroon African-grey and Ghana or West African Grey.
These labels have created a very confused public for many many years. These names are were normally used by many trappers, exporters and importers to identify the African geographical origin of a particular bird’s ancestry, such as;
CONGO AFRICAN GREY: from the Central African Congo Republic and other central regions of Africa. CAMEROON AFRICAN GREY: from the Cameroon region of Africa also central Africa.
WEST AFRICAN GREY or GHANA GREY: from GHANA or the more western regions of Africa such as the Ivory Coast and Guinea. Some less informed breeders and many bird dealers try to attach these names to their birds describing certain size or color variations, such as, one breeder told me that he has a pair of Cameroon African-Greys he would like to sell to me.
I asked him how did he know these birds origin? How did he know they came from CAMEROON Africa, He replied with ” Oh, I don’t know where they came from, but they are large and silver ” therefore they are Cameroon African-Greys or so he was told by a dealer that sold them to him.
Some dealers knew that by attaching these names they could demand higher prices from the unknowing public. In the mid eighties during the heyday of U.S. bird importation, I had several business deals and conversations with several large well known U.S. African-Grey importers.
These importers said there was no way of anyone ever actually knowing what african region a shipment of African-Greys actually were trapped. In fact most shipments contained many birds from several regions.