The New York Times gives parrots their due this week in an excellent Science Section article by Natalie Angier.
“Their astonishing beauty and intelligence are inspirational,” notes Dr. Juan Masello, a parrot researcher quoted in the article.
“We call them feathered primates,” notes Irene Pepperberg — a Harvard researcher who’s groundbreaking work into parrot intelligence focused on African Greys.
They’ve got a social network system that would put Facebook to shame, according to Dr. Leo Joseph, who notes that “they’re communicating all the time.” And yes, folks — they can dance, use tools, and think — in context — defying the archaic stereotype of the parrot as a mindless mimicker.
None of this is news to anyone who’s spent much time tracking (or living with) parrots — perhaps the most amazing avians on earth. But it’s great to see the Times take these birds seriously, in a high-profile article likely to get mainstream media traction.
The Times also wants to hear about your amazing parrot. So visit the article page, scroll to the bottom, and let them know about your bird!
BTW, if you want to see some of these amazing creatures — in the wild — right in the middle of Brooklyn, please RSVP for our next Wild Brooklyn Parrot safari, which happens April 2nd. Space is limited, so act today to reserve your perch!
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