Alex was the smartest bird

11 September 2007 - Alex, to date the most intelligent African gray parrot in the world, died at the age of 31. Before he died, the behavioral psychologist who discovered him, Irene Pepperberg from Brandeis University in Waltham, declared that Alex had the intellectual capabilities of a five-year-old child. The parrot's vocabulary consisted of some 100 words, he knew seven colors, five shapes, and could count to six. He was able to distinguish words, repeat and pronounce them, and what's more, he could understand them. For example, if he saw two blue and three red keys, and was asked how many blue keys there were, he would answer,

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