In the discussion thread: Alex the counting parrot was even smarter than we thought [View all]
Response to n2doc (Original post)
Wed Feb 22, 2012, 12:02 PM
Yooperman (592 posts)
3. Grays are special and Alex
was exceptional. I once saw Ms. Pepperberg speak to the members of an Avian association I once belonged too. She was a remarkable researcher with very sound, thorough and convincing methods showing how Alex understood and responded appropriately to a variety questions and challenges.
She said once Alex was getting tired of the testing and the series of multiple choice questions that he had been given ... he answered 100% incorrectly. she said it was statistically impossible to be wrong on 100% of the questions. He understood the correct answer and purposely chose a wrong answer, showing he was getting tired of it all.
Alex was a ground breaking parrot that showed that for some parrots at least, they understand and can communicate with humans like no other animal.
At the time I had an African Gray Timneh (a sub-species) and he wasn't a talker but was a very bright and affectionate pet that had fun chasing our Labrador Retriever around the house. He couldn't fly...but would climb down from the top of the cage... onto the couch... down to the floor and walk across the room and start chasing our dog. It was such a funny sight to see such a small animal put fear into a much larger animal. She would also hang upside down from her cage door when it was open and wait for the dog to come by the cage and try to bite her tail. She had to go by the cage to get into the next room.
to Alex and all bird lover everywhere.
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