shanlung wrote:12 years is a long long time ago.
No bird flu then and hardly any paper work needed.
Greys are a lot less expensive in Egypt from what I know from my Arabic friends. There was a Egyptian family who was my next door neighbour when I lived in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman a year ago.
So why are you on such a bird buying mission here?
yeah they cost a lot here.
well i had one when i was like 14 & as soon as he started to talk he did fly away when i wasn't at home
so its a mission really to get another whenever i can afford it. i love parrots soooooooo much & wish i could get a Blue & Gold macaw but they cost hell a lot lol
anyway african greys are very smart & i'd love to buy one or a couple when i am in my asian trip
Best of luck to you, and do check the paper work that is required first before you buy. That might be much more horrendous than you think.
I know greys are super intelligent having had 2 of them. Perhaps an extract from what I wrote elsewhere might be of interest to you as to the scale of their intelligence.
And perhaps Understanding the mind of your grey might be of help to you when you got your birdie.
What prompted me to write mentality of grey // Imprinting of birds// A fairy in my lifehttp://shanlung.livejournal.com/130187.html
When I wrote
Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality) & Understanding the mind of your greyhttp://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html
there had been many experiences and discussions I have had before. Some of them were internalised in me and faded into the bedrock where I stood on.
But the other day at a forum, I wrote of some of those earlier discussions with other people I have had. And realised why I came onto the road I walk on now.
I extract that below, and added a slight bit more at the end here to put the extract into the context it was written in.
Let us get back to Gizmo.
I thought I write here something I plagiarised from what I wrote in another forum just a short while ago. And which obviously apply to you too.
CAGs are just so painfully intelligent that their personalities will never be the same.
What I did with Tinkerbell will not be what I did with Riamfada and vice versa.
I do not mold them into what I want. I mold myself to what they are, and teaching them what is acceptable and not acceptable.
When I was wrong, I accepted their chastisements on me in the same way they accepted my chastisements.
Training is a two way road.
All those I knew, be they dog or cat or horse family, told me without exception that the CAG was head and shoulders above them all.
I met trainers of dolphins, of great apes, of killer whales, and who happened to have CAGs. It is humbling to hear from them that they felt CAGs showed far greater intelligence than the other sentients that they trained with.
Give them love, respect, courtesy and dignity due to intelligent sentients equal to yourself.
You get that all back, together with the magic that only they can add.
You understand better why your best chance to succeed is to be friends with them and never as the alpha notwithstanding what the bulk of others might want you to think.
With CAGs of that level of intelligence that surpassed the major recognised intelligent sentients such as great apes, dolphins and killer whales, how ludicrous it is to think one is above them and we are to impose our wills on them.