African Grey parrots have very long lifespans.
Like a few other parrot species, the African Grey parrots have a very long lifespan. In fact, these marvelous birds can live up to eighty years in captivity! Thus, adopting an African Grey parrot is literally a lifelong commitment, which many people tend to forget upon their initial decision of keeping one of these beautiful parrots in their homes.
The average lifespan of the African Grey is approximately 35-45 years; however, there are reports of African Greys living well beyond this age. The Guinness Book of World Records reports the longest living pet African Grey was 72 years, which is obviously a great deal older than the species’ typical lifespan.
Furthermore, African Grey parrots are extremely emotionally sensitive to live in more than one home throughout their lifetime. They become very attached to their owners and forcing them to have multiple owners throughout their lifetime can become very harmful to their health and often causes them to become depressed and socially awkward.
You can help prevent this by educating people looking to adopt one of these magnificent birds and letting them know that having an African Grey parrot is a serious commitment, and not something to be taken lightly.
As an owner, one of your goals should be to prove your African Grey with a suitable home where he or she can live a long and healthy life.