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Alex had an irrepressible personality and a gift for learning.

Pepperberg broke new ground with Alex. Every species is unique.

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Most people shouldn’t own birds because most people cannot provide them with the time and attention that they need to not become bored. Still, I thought that by reading more about Alex and how he was trained, I would become more convinced in the veracity of Dr.

Once, Alex was given several different colored blocks two red, three blue, and four green—similar to the picture above.

I pepperbefg enjoyed the book and I am going to read more about Alex. What an absolutely remarkable read!! I tried to read The Alex Studies years ago, but it was so heavy on the scientific detail and analysis that I lost interest.

Inthe baby bird she named Alex — an acronym for Avian Language Experiment — was chosen at random from a cage in a pet shop. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I absolutely loved this book! Pepperberg seems a little quick to blame all her troubles at being accepted in the scientific community on the close-mindedness of her colleagues, when in reality I think she probably just didn’t do a good enough job of producing or presenting the necessary evidence.


The story was poignant and funny at the same time. Particulary liked the parts about her life and her connections to Alex more so than the details Of course this was another one of those animal stories a la Marley and Me that had me in tears alx the end, which I both love and hate at the same time.

Alex had so much more to do on this Earth. I know from personal experience that animals are much more than animated machines.

Oct 28, Lynn G. But she found herself more compelled by the field of animal communication. I did not think the writing was as good eithe Very good book about the intelligence of animals, but I preferred Wesley the Owl by Aldx O’Brien.

He was not trained to say where he wanted to go, but picked it up from being asked where he would like to be taken. Here is a beautiful passage that aptly describes his premature passing: She is less inclined to loosen up and allow her emotions to take sway. And I have to wonder what’s going through the mockingbird’s head. Perhaps in their understanding of self, they’ve developed to a state equivalent to that of a young child, and therefore, children relate very easily to them and vice versa.


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A lot has been said about Pepperberg and her research, but what touched me was that Pepperberg wanted so much to prove her scientific chops that she often forced herself to keep an emotional distance from her beloved parrot while he was alive. Comments like, “Alex is bitchy today!

Your words are their toys. Irene Pepperberg was just finishing up a PhD in chemistry when a nature program on animal cognition caused her to abruptly change fields and begin the life-long study of the learning abilities of African Gray parrots.

She grew up in a family that was not very demonstrative with their affection.

Alex (parrot)

My dad had a parrot and it didn’t like me. Pepperberg said that if he could not count, the data could be interpreted as his being able to estimate quickly and accurately the number of something, better than humans can.

I didn’t have any desire to own one before, and now I really know that Oepperberg don’t ever want a bird especially one that can talk. I saw Alex on TV many years ago urene fell head-over-heels in love. Nevertheless, it was Alex’s own unprompted speech which I found the most amazing, more so than the scientific experiments.

And I laughed out loud at some of the anecdotes she shares, pa I loved it!