The African Grey Parrot is one of the most intelligent birds in the bird world, they place along side the Dolphin and Gorilla.

They live for 40-70 years in captivity. They have many homes in their lifetime, though passing of there mate, or just because the person didn’t do the research to understand their needs and commitment. Or just life changes dictated there life.

If you are looking for a total companion then the CAG as we call them are the full package. The can communicate with a human, understanding your moods, feelings. Bella is part of our flock from a baby she looked to us for guidance and love attention.

The interactive enjoyment we get from her is priceless she understands what we talk about never missing a trick, listens in and responds to what we talk about.

Clever is an understatement for her, 2yrs and 5 months her knowledge of words is fenominal. I make a record of what she says and to date we are on 280 sentence or Rymm’s. She will call me if I leave the room or go outside and I respond to her by calling back.

She has to be doing what I do watching me make her toys or making her tea, she sits and watches me. Taking in everything, eyes dilating from small to large. There a sign of the Greys concentration. Her feathers are another indication of her mood, she will open then slightly when concentrating and puff them up when she is not happy

Bella understands breakfast dinner and tea time, saying what she wants from Pasta rice, Omelette with Sweetcorn. She will name all the different vegetables sha eats.

We have not seen the children for weeks then yesterday we had my daughter and her 2 boys then my mate with his daughter. Bella started to say are the where are the children, are the children coming. She picks up on everything we discuss through the day laughing if I laugh or answer my wife.

She sings Pop goes the weasel and waites for me to go Pop, or if I sing it she will pop at the end. Her knowledge of the difference between birds is fantastic. She will call like a Starling then I will say call like a small bird and she will do the sweetest smallest whistle like a baby sparrow.


The feathers give me an indication of what mood she is in, so knowledge of the Grey is so important if you are to understand them. They molt and have moods as the hormones rocket through the roof.

Having photographed birds and observed their behaviour in the wild means a lot what Bella does or is about to do is much the same as any bird would do.

Caring for Bella means dedication, the joy any pet gives is priceless to the owner. The cage is cleaned 3 times a day, we boil water left to cool for her to drink as even tap water contains unwanted chemicals.

Her perches are changed round to give her feet and toes different surfaces to grip onto. Toys are changed weekly, I make new toys for her every week to stimulate her brain. She has a free time when she flys round our living room, and sits and talks, that’s what she loves to do.

Other Grey parrots do tricks for rewards but I don’t believe she should have to perform for a treat, Bella responds to my voice and gets praised which she loves. She will sit on my shoulder when she wants me to talk to her or, when she is trying to tell me something like she wants a drink of water.

Bella has 8000 feathers.

Bella needs 12 hours sleep to be in good moods and health, this means she is so content and happy all the time, we do leave her with the radio on or TV just for company.

My lovey wife Ruth loves her and do so much to help maintain her daily lifestyle, making her fresh salad or cleaning her cage, putting her to bed by covering her up for the night.

Ruth will talk to her and sing to her play with her or make her toys to chew. Having Ruth to help me is so important in Bella’s life and means we both play our part, she is our flock and will eat when we eat.

I am sure she will play a big part in my Blog as she learns new things and gives us daily endless enjoyment.