The timneh African grey enjoys socializing, but its behavior is often affected by the owner’s mood and home environment. This pet bird isn’t known as a cuddler, but it does enjoy a head scratch. Some African grey owners say these pet birds are intuitive to the point that they become familiar with the owner’s schedule of activities. African greys are also known to be mischievous, a quality some pet birds use to play pranks on their owners.
Biting and aggression seems to be common with males and excessive shyness more common with females. African greys are susceptible to feather picking, calcium, vitamin-A and vitamin-D deficiencies, respiratory infections, psittacosis and psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD). African greys are sensitive to stress. These pet birds are capable of getting through the typical stressful moments that any family will encounter, but they will not thrive if kept in a home with extended periods of anxiety and stress.