Gabonese gray: everything you need to know to have one at home

The yaco parrot or Gabonese gray is an African bird, which is characterized by being very intelligent, memorizing and repeating words. In this article we will tell you everything you need to know about this animal, in case you want to have one at home.

Characteristics of Gabonese gray

This bird of the family Psittacidae is native to Africa and in its natural habitat (countries such as Gabon, Guinea, Tanzania, Uganda or Kenya) is declared endangered due to poaching and destruction of native forest.

Regarding its characteristics physical, we can indicate that, as the name suggests, Gabonese gray ( Psittacus erithacus ) has gray feathers all over the body, except for the tip of the tail , the which is red, and the face, whiter in color.

It is a medium-sized parrot, which can measure up to 40 centimeters and weigh half a kilo. There is some sexual dimorphism, since females are smaller and lighter than males.

The latter have a more 'solid' appearance , but At first sight we do not always realize what sex they are. We can identify them by age, since young people have darker feathers and the tip of the tail begins to be reddish when they enter the reproductive stage.

 Loro yaco

The life expectancy of the Gabonese gray revolves around 80 years, although there have been cases of specimens that fulfilled 100 years.

In its natural habitat, the parrot lives in flocks organized by hierarchy and made up of hundreds of individuals . It is a monogamous animal for life and the breeding season depends on the climatic conditions. The nests are built in the holes of the trees and each laying is two to five eggs, which are incubated for about a month.

Have a yaco parrot as a pet?

In both the European Union and the United States, commercialization of the Gabonese gray parrot is prohibited if it has been captured from its natural environments . 20% of the current population of these birds come from the illegal sale, but we can also find breeding farms, which are separated from their parents are just born to consider the owners as their parents.

Gabonese gray is not recommended for homes with small children , because its hook-shaped beak can easily hurt, but unintentionally. In addition, the claws are usually sharpened and these can also cause injuries.

It is necessary to know that taking care of a Gabonese parrot is more like having a child than a pet. This is because need attention 24 hours a day, so we can not leave it long alone.

 Psittacus erithacus

We must remember that it is a wild animal that has been removed from its natural habitat and that in the wild it would live accompanied by other similar birds. It is also advisable to buy two (a couple) so they can have their own family.

The Gabonese gray cage must be located in a place where it can receive light. natural, away from the noisiest environments and the kitchen . It should allow you to make short flights, because your minimum measures would be two meters wide by two meters in height.

We must also allow it to leave the cage for at least two hours a day, as it can walk and investigate. Be careful because you can peck everything you find!A more than curious fact in relation to this bird is that they can capture the feelings, energies, moods and thoughts of people; they establish a very close bond with their owners.

And, of course, we can not ignore the fact that he is an excellent talker and imitator. You can reproduce the human voice, both in single words and phrases. You'll have someone to have more than fun conversations with!