Greys in the Wild

African Grey Parrots aren’t the most colorful parrots in the world. You would think that might protect them from poachers and the pet trade, but due to their higher intelligence, they are in demand. I love this video because it has a natural sound track, and look at the greys’ coloration. The white around the eyes is distinctive, the flash of red tail immediately noticeable. There is no question on whether the bird is coming or going. Very important for the flock to know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnnOx178Z64

Here’s a real tear jerker, the return of greys to Uganda. Rescued from smugglers, who kept the birds in appalling conditions and caused the death of many of them, the birds were rehabilitated and released. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn18yxEWfhQ

Pretty much all the videos on wild greys look at the smugglers and illegal trade. So you may or may not learn anything new, but here’s a good video on the subject. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TewGxvKxQpw

ARKive deals more with wild behavior and again has no voice over for the video. http://www.arkive.org/african-grey-parrot/psittacus-erithacus/video-00.html

This video starts out blurred, but gets better. Just a normal morning in the jungle, time to get up and go look for food. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL1d9eXafKU

Not a wild baby, but pretty sure no one is bothering to video greys hatching.

Greys eat primarily palm nuts in the wild, and here’s footage, again from ARKive, of that activity.
http://www.arkive.org/african-grey-parrot/psittacus-erithacus/video-08.html

Just a collection of photos, really, but more greys released into the wild.

And if you have nothing much to do for a half hour or so, here’s part one of a series on Where The Wild Greys Are, produced by World Parrot Trust, so there’s lots more on the illegal pet trade.

Happy March, see you on Sunday!

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