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I’m already so excited to read and review this! Irene Pepperberg’s memoir, tentatively titled “Alex and Me,” covers her 30 years with the parrot that could count to six, identify colors and even express frustration with repetitive scientific trials. It will be released this fall by Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins. In a statement Thursday,…

Exotic bird smuggling is a pet issue of mine, not only since it decimates wild populations of parrots, but because it creates a demand for cheaper black market birds without a proper ‘history of origins.’ While it is up to the consumer (potential bird companion) to be diligent in determining where their future friend came…

I just couldn’t resist posting this, silly as it is. Intruders smashed the front window of Pet Palace in Leominster, about 45 miles west of Boston, and as they entered the store the bird began to shout, said store manager Lori Oltman on Thursday. “When he hears someone come into the building, or the puppies…

Techno African Grey Parrot

Sure, you’ve seen the cockatoo that gets down to the Backstreet Boys, but have you seen the African Grey that tears it up to techno? The Techno Parrot – Watch more free videos I don’t understand this dancing bird phenomonon. Don’t parrots dance to any *decent* music? Pepper doesn’t like really loud music and I’ve…

According to the Indianapolis News a man and his son were awakened by their pet bird as their home caught fire. Their Amazon parrot, Peanut, began making a smoke detector noise while a real smoke detector was going off. The father credits his avian friend with making enough noise to alert him. I tend to…

A few months back, the folks from the blog City Parrots shared these beautiful photos with me of a wild parrot population (red-masked parakeets and Amazon parrots) in Ocean Beach, far from their native home in Mexico and South America. One of them (under the fold to preserve the mirage of decency on this blog)…

Rebecca O’Connor, graduate student at the University of California- Riverside, knows why parrots screech and bite and it has a lot more to do with human behavior than the bird’s. She’s written a book incorporating animal-training techniques, detailing how to improve the manners of an ill-mannered bird by rewarding good behavior while keeping a handle…

Parrot Starts a Knife Fight

Yours truly is currently on a plane which left Detroit at 2pm today (well, or I will be shortly) and is headed towards Shanghai, China. I’m off to visit my parents in Suzhou and then a week each in Malaysian Borneo and Phi Phi/Koh Phenang Thailand. I’m so unbelievably psyched! I’m posting an open thread…

Lab ducks. What the heck are these two mallard ducks doing outside the entrance to my lab building? Every single day (since it got warm) they sit happily by the door, soft quacking at everyone who walks in and out, like benign and protective duck-buddhas. Why they are there, well, I have no idea. There’s…

A friend of mine in the Neuroscience program just got back from Hawaii (nice spot for an academic conference, I’ll say) and sent me some entirely amusing parrot pictures. FYI, the title of the email was “You in 40 Years?” Hrm. “In Hilo, at “Bear’s Cafe,” I saw a retired lady eating breakfast with her…