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This technique helped Pepperberg succeed with Alex where other scientists had failed in facilitating two-way communication with parrots.

Alex (parrot)

May 28, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: When it comes to animals, any good trainer knows that A animals have moods too, and B in general, if an animal is repeatedly misbehaving, it’s usually the fault of the trainer, not the animal. Pepperberg would ales really strong, manipulative emotional appeals to the reader — for example, quoting sad letters people wrote when Alex died, giving us the sob story about her childhood and alwx special attachment to birds, and encouraging us to share her outrage at the stupid and vain scientists who didn’t immediately and wholeheartedly embrace her innovative research and lavish her and Alex with praise and money.

She was anv funding and grants repeatedly because of her unconventional approach to the study of animal behavior. It is amazing to think of how much birds actually do understand. The degree of communication that he developed with human language was astounding–just one ane of how little humans have credited the ability of other species to communicate among themselves, let along cross-species. Pepperberg seems a peppetberg 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.


We hoped she couldn’t understand what we were saying.

Alex (parrot) – Wikipedia

But none of her experiences strike me as particularly scarring or difficult; instead, her writing reads like the ramblings of an extremely privileged woman who is resentful that she did not immediately get what she wanted. She seems to aled trouble connecting to other people, as evidenced by her failed marriage. I had a 2-fold reaction to this book: Archived from the original on 18 October We still have no way of seeing inside the black box of animals’ brains, so I think it’s wise to tread very carefully when making any claims about what they understand and know.

She wasn’t going to let herself become emotionally attached to him. But I did enjoy it, read it basically in one sitting this morning before work–thankfully I was working late! Speakers from many walks of life spoke in his honor.

She grew up in a family that was not very demonstrative with their affection. By having it explained right on the first page I found it much easier to deal with emotionally. 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.

Having an animal is always a big responsibility, but I cannot imagine having a bird that would outlive me and have to be passed along within the family.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Alex May — 6 September [1] was a grey parrot and the subject of a thirty-year experiment by animal psychologist Irene Pepperberginitially at the University of Arizona and later at Harvard University and Brandeis University.

I feel he knew his time had come. Preliminary research also seems to indicate that Alex could pepprrberg over the concept of four blue balls of wool on a tray to four notes from a piano. So, here’s what I expected: More importantly, he had a grasp of concepts. And I have to wonder what’s going through the mockingbird’s head.

This background very much explains why she originally embarked on this project with the idea that she was going to approach her research project with Alex the bird ,e a strictly clinical point of view. Apr 15, Rae rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m personally not a bird pepperbery, but I started listening to the audiobook version of this book mainly because it was available from my library, but also because a co-worker has a 2-year-old African grey parrot named Gracie.

Overall, the book wa I’m on p. Every species is unique.

That said, since reading this, I’ve wnd more aware of the birds that frequent my yard. His passing was devastating because Alex wasn’t your normal, run-of-the-mill African Grey parrot; Alex was special. African Grey Parrot LafeberVet”. Lists with This Book.