Africa Animals

Parrot Webcam

Bibi is a 4-year-old African Grey Parrot that speaks 20 languages, with a vocabulary of well over 300 words. She can also sing, dance, and is an outstanding comedic actress...a real triple treat. Amuse yourself by watching Bibi amuse herself. For obvious reasons this webcam isn't always live, so when the parrot isn't performing live you can see a recorded sequence from the live shots. For the more technical minded the Congo African grey parrot is formally known as Psittacus erithacus erithacus and in general measure around 13 inches long. Its both amazing and sad to learn that the African grey parrot has a life span of just under fifty years, a longer life than that of many children in Africa, whilst some parrots who live in captivity have been known to live even longer, up to 70-90 years.



Parrot Webcam

Although this African parrot can speak 300 words others have been known to have a vocabulary of 900 words. It is perhaps this extensive vocabulary that has made the African grey parrot so sought after as a pet with history recording them being kept by Roman families, the ancient Greeks and even King Henry VIII.

The African Grey parrot sells easily on the black market and is mainly exported by the following countries: Cameroon (44%), Democratic Republic of Congo (33%), Republic of Congo (9%), Ivory Coast (5%), and in smaller amounts from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Europe takes around 93% of these exports however there are calls for an import ban as the exporting countries don't monitor their parrot populations raising concerns about their sustainability.

The video right shows some of the work being undertaken to protect the African Grey parrot in Uganda where they are caught by poachers and smuggled out of the country and sold for up to £1200 each. In this incident 224 African Grey parrots were confiscated from smugglers and taken to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) where they were cared for for six months until ready to be released into the wild at the densely forested Kibaale National Park. Whilst it is hoped they will be safe there they still remain at further risk from poachers.