Animal behaviorist to discuss parrots at UTC

Animal behaviorist to discuss parrots at UTC

March 27th, 2012 by Staff Report in News

Coco, a blue parrot

Coco, a blue parrot

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

Irene Pepperberg, an internationally known animal behaviorist who holds faculty positions at Harvard University and Brandeis University, is coming to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

She will present "Alex and Me: Can African Grey Parrots Understand What They Say?" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center.

This event is free and open to the public.

Pepperberg specializes in the thinking and language ability of birds that have demonstrated they can count, acquire large meaningful vocabularies and even have conversations.

Her research in raising parrots Alex, Griffin and Wart and studying their cognitive and communicative abilities has been featured on PBS's "Nova," the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the BBC.

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