Alex "The" African Grey
1976 to 2007
Known as one of the most famous African Grey parrots in history, Alex pioneered new avenues in avian intelligence. He possessed more than 100 vocal labels for different objects, actions, and colors and could identify certain objects by their particular material. He could count object sets up to the total number six and was working on seven and eight. Alex exhibited math skills that were considered advanced in animal intelligence, developing his own “zero-like” concept in addition to being able to infer the connection between written numerals, objects sets, and the vocalization of the number. Alex was learning to read the sounds of various letters and had a concept of phonemes, the sounds that make up words.
Alex’s personality was very evident in his everyday life. He was “in charge” of his home and relished ordering “his” humans to perform various tasks for him. He also acted as a coach and cheerleader to his fellow birds, Wart and
Purchased from a Chicago pet store in June, 1977, at that time he was 12 to 13 months old. Alex came from humble beginnings. Alex’s accomplishments proved that all African Grey parrots have intelligence far beyond what was previously thought before his decades-long work with Dr. Pepperberg. Sadly, Alex passed away on September 6, 2007, dying of unknown causes. He was 31 years old. We miss him dearly.
Fly high Little dude!
For another Alex site :
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If you're interested, the same blog gives this link to the 1995 Amazon page....
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DLTK's Crafts for Kids
|toilet paper roll,|
|something to colour with|
|Print out the template of choice. |
|Colour the pieces as appropriate and cut them out.|
|Glue the large rectangular piece around the toilet paper tube.|
|Glue tail onto the back of the tp roll. I glued it to the inside back and then folded it upward (see photo above). I think it looks nice that way, but be creative!.|
|Glue the head onto the front of the tp roll.|
|Glue the wings onto the side of the tp roll (as in photo) or make it look like the parrot is flying by gluing the wings onto the back of the roll.|
|Fold the feet and glue the tabs to the inside of the tube.|
|Close the template window after printing to return to this screen. |
|Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).|
When I was five, we lived in Gary, Indiana in a small 2-bedroom frame house across the street from the new Village Shopping Center on 36th and Grant Street. Nestled within the Village was Kresge’s, a 5 and 10 cent type store (the precurser of K-Mart) which had a super toy department, which I visited several times a month with my mother, especially on my dad’s biweekly Inland Steel payday, on which day I was allowed to pick out a little trinket or two. Another section of the store boasted turtles, goldfish, chameleons, hamsters, and parakeets! I fell in love with the little birds and hoped someday to bring home a littlet feathered friend. My older married sister had one named Pretty Boy. My mother said, “We’ll see.”
Hoping against hope, life went on and I began Kindergarten at Daniel Webster Elementary School. One day I was walked home from my morning session at Webster (Miss Pauers’ class, in the classroom on the left side of the entry hallway of Webster), and saw something on the kitchen table when we got home. It was covered with a towel. My mother removed the covering and voila! A green and yellow parakeet in a cute roomy cage with food and water dishes, a dish filled with greens, a little mirror and some other small toys. She had gone all out and I will never forget that moment as long as I live. Never had an acquisition before nor since, except for the birth of my four children, given me more joy!
Now, we all know all good things must end, but that ended all too soon, but I never knew my mother had so much imagination, nor did I realize till I was in eighth grade and recounting the incident to a friend of mine, that there was a kink in my storyline.
According to my mother, while I was in school one day that fall of my Kindergarten year, she felt that the colors of the bird didn’t match her kitchen. She needed to remedy the situation, and had to apparently do it quickly, as I was to be picked up at school before noon and it was a five block walk to the school for my mother.
When I checked on my little green buddy that afternoon, I noticed a significant difference. Where my birds’ face had been sunny yellow, it was now snow white. Hmmm. The green in my bird had magically been changed to sky blue. Yeah. My sister, Betty, had a blue and white parakeet, and that is part of why I had a cultivated interest in birds at such a young age. It entered my mind that my mom and my sis had traded. Heck no.
My mom told me a little white lie, (the green bird had died) but she got me hook, line and sinker and continued to have me till I was 13 and in that eighth grade conversation and that is when it hit me like a ton of bricks. (I was a sheltered kid and pretty naive)....She said that green and yellow did not go well in the kitchen so she got some RIT DYE and dyed him blue in the sink. Oh, OK. I don’t think I put up too much fuss, as I had a bird anyway.
Due tell, that bird ended up living 9 long years and said everything in the book! He was christened “Augie” as he was hatched in August!
Now I have 2 Quakers, an African Grey, a Yellow Nape Amazon, and a male German Roller canary who sings. No parakeet. I need to be getting me a parakeet! or 2 or 3, and a cockatiel, I really have to have 1 or 2 of those, the cages are all ready. And another German Roller Canary, female.....
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