The tongue is thick fleshy and very mobile after cracking open nuts the parrot uses its tongue to deftly remove the kernels
Eyes are positioned at the center of the sides of the head, which means that the parrot can detect movement from behind by moving its head only fractionally to one side or the other
Hooked and powerful, the bill can crack tough nuts and shred fibrous fruit. The parrot also uses its bill, as well as its feet, to grip branches and haul itself through the treetops.
Long, dextrous toes (two-point forward, the other two backward) let the African grey parrot climb effortlessly along branches and grasp larger food items.
The characteristic red color of the tail presents a striking contrast with the gray body plumage, In older birds, scarlet feathers eventually begin to appear among the body feathers.