African Gray Parrot
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African gray parrots, the continent’s largest parrot, are gregarious and found in groups of 100-200 birds that are all considered equals. They are very intelligent and can mimic sounds, including human speech, sometimes reaching a vocabulary of over 2,000 words. Both parents help to raise the chicks until they are on their own at about four months of age.
Annually, it is estimated that at least one-fifth of the global population of African gray parrots is captured for the international pet trade. In 1992, the Wild Bird Conservation Act made it illegal to import wild caught birds into the United States.