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African Gray Parrot
(Psittacus erithacus)

The African Gray Parrot is one of the best known of over three hundred parrot species, because an initially large population in Africa allowed for a huge amount of exploitation, while its precision in imitating the human voice, and it’s obvious intelligence, have made it a favourite within the exotic pet industry. Unfortunately, in the wild it has fared poorly, with many of its former populations endangered or wiped out by the pet industry, although the speces certainly can be bred in captivity. As well, it may be victimized by encroachment and subsequent loss of habitat, and like most parrot species, in areas where it is common it may consume crops, arousing the ire of famers with shotguns.

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