Sexual maturity for the African Grey Parrot is reached at 4-5 years of age. The parrots will first bond and then mate. The best way to facilitate this bonding is to allow two unrelated parrots to grow up together in the same enclosure with minimal human contact. Once they reach sexual maturity, they can continue reproducing for their entire lifetime. To assist with the nesting process, the female parrot will need a nest box that mimics where she would nest in the wild. This box should be L-shaped and have the dimensions 2 feet high by 2 feet wide, and have an entrance hole of approximately 5 inches in diameter. Wood shavings can be added to the bottom of the box for comfort. The process of courting the female Grey, consists of the male feeding her and dancing for her. This dance will involve him holding his wings at an odd angle and turning in circles. After a long courtship, the female will allow the male to mount her and proceed with mating. Once the mating has commenced, it can occur several times a day for weeks before the first egg is laid.