|African Grey gifts, merchandise and collectibles. The African Grey Parrot, as the name suggests, is predominantly grey, with accents of white and a red or maroon tail. They are generally regarded as being amongst the most intelligent of birds. Research has shown that these parrots are capable of associating human words with their meanings, and they are generally thought to be the best mimics of all parrots. Anyone considering getting an African Grey as a pet should note that they quickly become bored unless provided with stimulating toys and interaction with their owners. Pet owners often refer to their relationship with them as being "like having a five-year-old child." Their lifespans are 40+ years in captivity. Great gift ideas for African Grey lovers.