Flipper and Sunny are both on my desk. They are looking out the window and I’m working.
I’m responding to emails.
Or trying to because the feathered trouble-makers keep interrupting.
They vocalize. And make “faces”: it’s a case of cute and cuter : )
Finally I gave in – I stop working and play with them for a few minutes.
First Flipper. We go around the room several times. I want her to fly a little.
(Mixing exercise with play.)
Flipper goes back on the desk stand;
it’s Sunny’s turn to play.
I’m only on my second tour around the room
with Sunny when I hear a mayhem coming from
Flipper: a whole bunch of high-pitch sounds.
That’s normally a sign of someone approaching
the front door.
I come back to the window and look outside. No one there.
Flipper is now quiet and has the look, “My turn. Pick me up!”
I start laughing and pick up the pretty little liar : )
To those of you who know birds and know Amazon parrots are normally honest:
Flipper grew up with an African Grey.
And she behaves more like a Grey than an Amazon.
Avian cognition and communication research
Dr. Pepperberg, in a 30-year experiment at Brandeis University and Harvard,
showed that Alex, an African Grey, had the intelligence of a 5 year-old human.
The findings of Dr. Pepperberg are used to help children with learning disabilities.
Well, if I want to get any work done today, Sunny and Flipper
need to get off my desk and go to their room : )