Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Knock, Knock

Growing up, my next door neighbor had a parrot named Jacques. Jacques was awesome. He would greet me with a crackly "Hello, Kelly" every time I came over to visit. He also told knock, knock jokes. Well, not complete knock, knock jokes; he only knew "knock, knock" and "who's there," no punchlines....but still he was funnier and a lot more original than a lot of famous comedians (I'm looking at you Jeff Dunham and Dane Cook). But I digress. Here's a little bit about parrots:

Parrots range in size from the 8 cm Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot:

And can get as big as the 3ft Hyacinth Macaw:

Along with ravens, crows, and jays, parrots one of the most intelligent species of birds. Their brain to body size ratio puts them up there with primates and their intelligence has been compared to chimpanzees as well as dolphins. While parrots are most known for being able to mimic human speech, there have been studies with the African Grey that indicate that they are able to count, distinguish the meanings of words, and put together simple sentences. The most famous example of this is Alex the parrot (pictured below)
Alex, his name an acronym for Avian Learning EXperiment, was the pet of animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg. Through her research and training, Pepperberg found that Alex achieved the intelligence of a 5 year old human. Alex didn't mimic human speech; he actually had conversations, solved simple word and math problems, and was able to communicate when, what and where he wanted to be fed. Alex is the subject of a book - Alex and Me- which will most likely be the next book I purchase on my Kindle:)
Anyway, that was a long way to get to the "necklace-hyping" portion of the blog, but as you can see, there is a little parrot in this necklace:
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  1. I am loving the necklace!!!
    The only parrot I ever was around used to incessantly screech, "Shut-up Fucker!" over and over again. Wonder why!? :-D