African Grey Parrot Training

African Grey Parrot Alex with Dr Irene Pepperberg

African Grey Parrot Training

African Grey Parrot Training has been epitomised by Dr Irene Pepperberg an associate research professor at Brandeis University in Massachusetts and she teaches animal cognition at Harvard University.

Dr Pepperberg’s work on African Grey Parrot Training has been well documented worldwide and featured in newspapers and magazines in the United States, Europe and Asia as well as on television, including the now famous interview with Alex, the African Grey Parrot, her star student and Alan Alda on Scientific American Frontiers.

Dr Pepperberg devoted her life to doing research with Alex, her beloved African Grey Parrot to disprove the widely accepted notion that birds possessed no potential for language or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence.

Dr Pepperberg wrote a couple of books on her studies with her African Grey Parrot Alex, the first was released in 2000 (Harvard) and was called “The Alex Studies”.

In this book Dr Pepperberg documented the trials and tribulations of working with an African Grey Parrot on a daily basis and how she was always amazed and their obvious intelligence and quickly the he picked up concepts and then used them to his advantage to get what he wanted.

The second book by Dr Pepperberg was “Alex & Me” which was released after Alex’s untimely death, on September 6, 2007 at the age of 31.

31 years of age is very young for and African Grey Parrot as they have been known to live for as long as 60 – 80 years old, some say even longer!

Over Alex’s life with Dr Peppererg, he learned more than 100 words, and could sound them out! He could understand concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer and none! Not bad for an African Grey Parrot!!

Alex the African Grey Parrot had become so famous that upon his death he made front page of the science section of the New York Times as well as many other newspapers around the world.

Dr Pepperberg’s work with her African Grey Parrot really highlights how intelligent not only the African Grey Parrot is but by association all other parrots as well. This is extremely important for all companion parrot owners to understand as from these studies we can see just how cruel and inhumane it is to keep and African Grey Parrot and all others for that matter in a small cage with no stimulation or enrichment at all. Just like keeping a human in solitary confinement with nothing at all to do, they literally can go mad with boredom.

So from this we can see just how important it is to keep your African Grey Parrot mentally stimulated in order for them to have an enjoyable life in captivity. Using the techniques based on behavioural science as taught here at www.parrottrainingschool.com you can learn to train your African Grey Parrot and really enhance its life and build a strong bond with you at the same time!

Here is a great example of an African Grey Parrot in action, ENJOY!

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