Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bonus Critter Blogging: African Grey Parrot

(This photo was snagged from here. This is NOT the picture I wanted to post.

What I wanted to post was a photo of Tlaz's African Grey, Koga, also known as the Kogasaurus. Unfortunately, I couldn't download that photo, but you can check it out by clicking on this link. I think you'll find it worth the effort.

Here's what Tlaz has to say about Koga:

Koga is a subspecies of African grey, called a 'Timneh'. The full species name is Psittacus erithacus timneh. They are smaller and darker grey than the nominate species (which is commonly called a 'Congo'). Timnehs also have maroon tails instead of the bright red ones, and their top beak has a pinkish stripe on it, while the Congo African grey's beak is all black. The different subspecies come from slightly different, though somewhat overlapping, areas of Africa, the Timneh's distribution being more in the northwestern part of the range, and the Congo coming more strictly from throughout the Congo River basin.

Koga had her name when I got her, when she was about 6-7 years old as best as we can tell. It is the Cherokee word for 'crow.' I've had her now for almost 21 years, so she is probably at least 26 years old.


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