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The african grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) is considered as one of the most intelligent birds. They are mostly known for ther ability to copy other peoples speech. The reason I chose this animal is because I find this bird very interesting and unique because it can repeat peoples voices.


Every living thing has these four characteristics.
  • Has one or more cells
  • Grow and develope
  • Reproduce
  • Responds


The african grey parrot has one or more cells because they have blood cells, brain cells, etc.

The african grey parrot grows and developes because when they are young, african grey parrots will be born small, but can grow up to 13 inches tall. They will also have black eyes that turn into a yellowish-cream when they turn two years old.

The african grey parrot can reproduce by laying eggs. They lay one to four eggs in the cavity of a big, tall tree but they don't use any nesting material because instead, the eggs are put on the bottom of the nest-hole.

The african grey parrot can respond by learning to mimic other peoples speech. If someone repeats a word sevral times, the african grey can learn it and mimic the word back to the person

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  • Food
  • Water
  • Air
  • Shelter

The african grey parrot gets its need of food by eating seeds, nuts fruits and berries that are mostly grown on trees. They gather their food by climbing from branch to branch, holding their food from their feet.

The african grey parrot gets its need of water by drinking clean water daily.

The african grey parrot gets its need of air by using its lungs to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

The african grey parrot gets its need of shelter by making nests in tree holes over water or over island rivers to lay their eggs.
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Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia - This means that the african grey parrot is an animal and is multicellular.
Phylum: Chordata - This means that the african grey parrot has a vertabrate (a backbone).
Class: Aves - This means that the african grey parrot is a bird.
Order: Psittaciformes - This means that the african grey parrot is a bird that is mostly found in tropical and subtropical regions.
Family: Psittacidae - This means that the african grey parrot is a true parrot and that they are one of the two traditional families in the biologcal order of parrots.
Genus: Psittacus - The african grey parrot is the only living thing in psittacus.
Species: P. erithacus - This means that the african grey parrot is in the family of psittacidae that means that it's a type of bird/parrot.
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Special features
-RosieCongoAfrGrey.jpgA special feature of the african grey parrot is that they are very intelligent so they can mimic other peoples speech after being repeated a few times. I think this helps them survive because in the wild, it can adapt other larger animal sounds and scare away predators.
-Another special feature the african grey parrot has is its sharp beak to bite and claws to scratch. This helps them because if they are harmed, they can scratch or bite the person/predator to protect themselves.
-The african grey parrot can give a noisy screech when they are alarmed. This helps them because if a predator comes for them, the african grey can warn others.

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