Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Sandpoint, Idaho Cuddler: Congo African Grey "Cressi"
I can’t even begin to list the numerous amounts of websites I have come across stating that African grey parrots are NOT cuddly; example (and mostly found in the social advice-giving settings and not from professionals). Kooky Congos writes some good stuff on the myths of grey parrots on a whole if you feel like diving into it; I really appreciated what they had to say about the un-cuddly myth. Well, my grey parrot Cressi proves them all wrong. I hand raised her, hand fed her from 2 months of age and she is more cuddly than my cockatoo is which are known for being “cute and cuddly” birds!
So, when reading various websites with loads of information on parrots – take all the information you read with a grain of salt. Even this one! Not everything applies to every single parrot and if most grey parrots aren’t cuddly it isn’t because they were born un-cuddly, it is because they were raised to be un-cuddly. Same applies for “mean birds” or “aggressive”, “unsocial”, etc… birds are not born mean, unsocial or aggressive, they are raised to become unsocial, mean or aggressive by the owners – not from their birdie genes. Just always remember, every bird is different their behavior is normally a reflection on how they have been raised by their owner(s).
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.