5 Mo old Congo African Grey (genetic red mutation)

by Zana
(San Diego)

African Grey - red mutation

I just bought my Congo yesterday from the aviary. Fresh from the nursery. (they dont sell them unless weaned and perched) He's got allot of red scalloping on his sides and under his chest and a light pinkish color to his wings. Very handsome bird. Eyes are still gray in color, due to age.

My question is, is this common for a genetic mutated bird to have a pink & black camo tongue? Does this mean he will keep his red scallops after his first moulting?
Or will his tongue darken all the way once he's matured?

(I am not new to having exotic birds, Since I got him x-mas eve, today being x-mas, he's not been into the vet for a well check up. But the aviary is known for selling birds with outstanding health, so I am not worried that he is sick, no worries, I have a great avian vet he will go to!) Just want to know if this is common with mutations, and if it means he will keep his beautiful red!

All my birds have been 3+ yrs and older. "Butters" (as the kids call him) is my second african grey (Actually 1/4 birds). He's just the first to be genetically mutated.

Due to age as well, Being he's my youngest, Any tips would be apr in helping with his begining training. (no snide remarks please!)

Thank you!

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Dec 26, 2011
5mo old Congo - Red factor
by: Zana

Thanks Tracie for your input.

Far as training, I'm good at doing it. Just not sure how soon I can start him due to age and it being a new home. I dont want to stress him.

So far he seems in the passed 2 days of being here, he seems to be accepting of new things, and learning to move about his cage. No signs yet of stress. :) I will look into your link you posted.

And pray his beautiful red feathering stays after his moulting.

Dec 26, 2011
Red mutation African grey parrot
by: Tracie

From what I understand, your bird may get more red feathers in the future, may molt and not have as many or may stay the same. I am not an expert, so hopefully someone with experience will read and answer this, but I believe the tongue is normal too.

As far as training goes, we have some training material on our Parrot Training page that may be helpful.

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