African Grey Parrots

Like most parrots, the African grey has a hooked beak that is incredibly strong. While few facts are known about wild African grey parrot courtship, it is known that they are monogamous. The average clutch, or number of eggs laid in one nest, for the African grey is two to four eggs. The female incubates them alone, while her mate brings her food. After they hatch, both the male and female tend to the chicks.

Macaw Parrots

Macaws’ big size and vibrant colors make them hard to overlook. These social birds can create a racket when they feel so inclined, and their clownish ways are sure to draw attention. Although their large beaks can be intimidating, a well-socialized macaw can be a friendly and affectionate companion.

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A normal clutch size for an African grey parrot is three eggs. Some lay only one or even five, but the average is three eggs. Pet African grey sometimes lay an egg or a whole clutch. If the eggs are not fertile, or if this is the birds first time egg laying, it might lose interest. Some African grey hens will want to sit on the eggs for the full term. These are normal behaviors for pet African grey parrots. One thing I recommend with pet African grey parrots is to not give them toys that resemble eggs, or allow them to break and eat parts of a hard boiled egg.


The hen macaw lays two or three white eggs in a tree cavity. The female incubates the eggs for about five weeks, and the chicks fledge from the nest about 90 days after hatching. and leave their parents about a year later. Juveniles reach sexual maturity at five years of age. With the palm cockatoo and some other larger cockatoos laying only a single egg and the smaller species laying anywhere between two and eight eggs. Food supply also plays a role in clutch size. Some species can lay a second clutch if the first fails.