Alex the Parrot and the Hidden World of Animal Intelligence

Alex the Parrot spent his days working with animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg at Harvard and Brandeis. And, along the way, he upended the belief held by many scientists that birds lack basic intelligence and can only mimic words, and not really use them in any meaningful way. As you’ll see below, Alex (who died in 2007 at the age of 31) could talk and do much more. To learn more about Alex, you can listen to an extended interview with Pepperberg here, or get her well-reviewed book Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence–and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process.

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