Alex the parrot has passed away. "Here was a bird that in many ways did better at language than chimps."
Odd coincidence; Zippy is reading Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation, and as he's reading, I get little snippets, anecdotes, and comments - related to our dogs, dogs in general, an argument he had with his dad about animal intelligence, you name it. Just now, he started talking about a smart parrot. I recalled reading a story about a parrot that recently died. (Zippy avoids the media, so has not stumbled across the story yet) Of course its the same parrot.