Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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Ashlynn, my grey, is a congo, but 28 years ago, when I got married, my ex-husband had a timneh. Understand, that bird had been wild caught. He never liked me, and I never touched him. Ashlynn, on the other hand, was hand-raised, and I have been loving on her since she was 4 weeks old. This makes my experiences with them very different, but I still believe I can answer your question well.
The timneh talked as well as any grey I have ever heard. He could imitate anything. He spoke in various people's voices, and he could "throw his voice" so that you really believed you were hearing something behind you, etc. Ashlynn's vocal quality is also good. She isn't as old as the timneh, so she doesn't have much of a vocabulary yet, but she is clear when she speaks. Both birds demonstrated the ability to use words in context.
Timnehs are usually smaller birds, and, yes, they have darker tails and lighter beaks. The dust seems to be about the same. Noises and noise levels are also the same.
As a whole, timnehs are reported to be slightly better with whole families, but there are members of both species who are great with families and members of both species who are one person birds.