Its natural habitat is on the African continent, from which it takes its name. It is also called Yako, a name given to it by Portuguese sailors. 

It lives in the rainforests of the tropical and equatorial lowlands. 

The gray parrot is the best and most talkative. For this reason it has been captured for many years from the jungle. Fortunately these uncontrolled captures have seen their end recently.

In their breeding period they usually lay 3-4 eggs that incubate for approximately 28 days, nesting in nest hollows, as high as possible, to get away from the dangers of predators. The chicks do not leave the nest until 12 weeks. 

In nature it feeds basically on palm nuts.