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Parrots Need Valentine Love Too!

A Valentine to all Scienceblogs readers, from Pepper! (Thanks to Aaron for the picture!)

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…

I was just chuckling at PZ’s lament about the sub-par potential of octopi to open a beer for you: I was thinking it would be so cool to have an octopus on your shoulder, and you hold up your beer bottle, and he reaches out an arm and twists the top off for you. And…

Genetic Jeans + Pepper = Awesome

In the comments of the Gene Jeans post, Robster from Wonkabout made me this cool picture, which I think deserved a post. Thanks Robster!

The wild bird trade, which is where exotic birds are trapped in their natural habitats and shipped away for pets, has devastated many types of parrot species. Thankfully this practice is now illegal in much of the world, however many parrot species have the unfortunate luck as to live in countries where these laws are…

I’m about to send these questions out to Dr. Pepperberg (hopefully for next week’s Grey Matters), and wanted some feedback. Also, please suggest questions if you have some! Q. Initially your research background was not in comparative cognition and language. How did you become interested in this field? Q: Human language processing and production relies…

The Queen of England recently visited the frigate HMS Lancaster, however one usual crew member was not on board—the resident pet, an African Grey named Sunny. It was feared that Sunny’s foul mouth–who swears like a sailor, literally– might offend Her Highness, so the parrot was put into “retirement.” The mascot’s salty utterings included “a**e”,…

We’ve been talking a lot about life span here on ScienceBlogs, and on Retrospectacle. So, thought for this week’s Grey Matters I’d talk a bit about the life span of African Grey parrots. In a nutshell, they live a long time–about 60-80 years. Although, there have been a few accounts of captive Greys living past…

Just thought I’d post this picture of me and Pepper as a sort-of Friday Grey Matters. And was afraid he might have felt a little left out lately. Sup fool!

Ok, hold the phone everyone!!!!!!! A volunteer from Irene Pepperberg’s lab has informed me that parrot-related merchandise is available for purchase, to help support her lab and research on grey parrots. I am totally going to buy every one of these items, er, once I get my stipend check, that is. Buy some too, and…