One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A parrot of western equatorial Africa, with grey plumage and a red tail, often kept as a pet for its mimicking abilities.
Psittacus erithacus, family Psittacidae
- ‘African grey parrots have the reputation as being the best talkers of the parrot kingdom.’
- ‘This amazing African grey parrot has a vocabulary that's greater than 950 words and actually invents words and phrases.’
- ‘Vancouverite Michelle Blaney takes in unwanted parrots, currently caring for four macaws, an African grey parrot and a cockatiel.’
- ‘Twenty five years of research has shown that grey parrots have cognitive intelligence equal to a 6.5 year old child and communication skills equal to a 2 + year old child.’
- ‘In the last few years, though, the MIT professor Irene Pepperberg has been conducting some rather amazing experiments with her pet grey parrots.’
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