Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Parrotnoia

If you have a pet parrot, be careful what you say around it. Why?
Here's why!

It's well known that African grays are smart cookies. Remember the amazing cognitive abilities displayed by Alex, the African gray trained by and closely studied by Dr. Irene Pepperberg? Alex demonstrated that he could even read minds.

There's a lot going on with animal intelligence that we humans have no clue about.

The biggest bird in our house is Charles, our chestnut-fronted macaw. He believes that Julie is his mate and that I am just the live-in handyman. Charles might be a little paranoid about his offspring because Phoebe and Liam look a lot more like me than they look like him.
Charles, our chestnut-fronted macaw. Photo by his mate, Julie Zickefoose.

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