Archive for September 13th, 2007

RIP – Alex the Parrot

Alex, the controversial talking parrot who threated the primatology hegemony in animal language research, is no more. Famously, Alex could distinguish and produce a range of words, number and concepts, outperforming Chimpanzees on some number recognition experiments. It’s a sad loss to the global animal language research programme, not least because attempts to train other birds have not been able to reproduce so high a level of ability. Here are a few links if you want to know more about “that damned bird!”:

Pepperberg’s Alex the Parrot Site

Wikipedia Article

NPR Article

Alex’s death reported in the New York Times