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Animal of the Month: January January 7, 2009

Posted by bsciencecenter in Uncategorized.

African Grey Parrot





Name: Crystal

Gender: Female

Age: 9 years old

Hobbies: Watching TV, listening to the radio, eating peanuts


Crystal was given to Science Center from U.S. Fish and Wildlife in 2001.  She was taken from her mother in Africa to be sold in the pet trade and confiscated coming into the country at an airport.  These parrots can sell for over one thousand dollars.


Crystal visits Burlington classrooms throughout the school year.  The Science Center uses her in many educational programs, focusing on the characteristics of birds and animal adaptations.


African Grey parrots are known to be some of the most intelligent animal species.  They have amazing vocabulary and voice mimicry skills. Check out the link below to watch an AMAZING African Grey parrot on the Animal Planet show “Pet Star.”




At Harvard University, Dr. Irene Pepperberg has done many psychological studies on the intelligence of African Grey Parrots.  Check out the website below:




To learn more about African Grey Parrots:






1. Blue Magruder - January 7, 2009

Fascinating story on parrot communication. Science Center blog readers might like to visit the exhibition at Harvard on how animals communicate with color.. Language of Color. Tour the exhibit with Harvard professor Dr. Hopi Hoekstra in an online video..Language of Color: Tour the exhibit online at http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/11/animals-speak-color.html

Sign up for the museum’s free email list for notice of family events and new exhibitions, http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu

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