Cognitive and communicative capacities of Grey parrots – implications for the enrichment of many species

Much of my research has been devoted to determining the cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), but other companion animals and those in captivity in zoos also have considerable capacities that are often under-utilised in such settings. Many such animals are left to their own devices for large parts of the day, […]

Cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots

This paper presents results of almost 30 years of study of the cognitive and communicative activities of Greyparrots (Psittacus erithacus), conventionally regarded as mindless mimics. These studies have demonstrated that Greyparrots can solve various cognitive tasks and acquire and use English speech in ways that often resemble those of very young children. Examples include the […]