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From down under, news of parrot conservation! A 52-turbine wind-farm was shot down by local senators due to the large threat it posed to the endangered orange-bellied parrot (pictured above). After blocking the wind farm in April because of a perceived threat to the parrot, Senator Campbell last week said the company could resubmit the…

Object permanence refers to the notion that objects are separate entities that continue to exist even when we can’t see them. Its the opposite of “out of sight, out of mind” in the sense that the person (or animal) realizes the object still exists in space somewhere. This may lead to searching behavior, or a…

Professor Donald Broom, of the University of Cambridge’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “The more we look at the cognitive abilities of animals, the more advanced they appear, and the biggest leap of all has been with parrots.” Meet N’kisi, a captive bred, hand raised Congo African Gray Parrot. He is 4-1/2 years old, and…

Saw this on YouTube, just TOO cute!

Alex is a 28-year-old African Grey parrot who lives in the lab of Irene Pepperberg, in Brandeis University, and is the eqivalent of a superstar in the bird world. Long ago, Dr. Pepperberg chose Alex at a pet store as neither an exceptional nor sub-par bird. Through the years, Dr. Pepperberg has engaged Alex in…

I’m instituting a new Friday *special* here at Retrospectacle: Friday Grey Matters. While readers might think this have to do with neuroscience (and it does in a way) I’m actually going to be talking about African Grey Parrots, of which I am the proud owner on one! Sometimes it may just be observations about what…

Wanna see a bird just like Pepper entertaing everyone with his speech and mimicry skills? Thanks to Blas for this amazing YouTube movie that is a lot of fun. These birds are amazing talkers, check it out!!!

SQUAWK Random African Grey

Ok, this isn’t Pepper, but it looked so close I just had to post this adorable African Grey. Sup fools!