A dog thinks: Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... They must be Gods!
A parrot thinks: Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me... I must be a God!
This is Ally, my Congo African Grey parrot. She was hatched at Jean "The African Queen" Pattison's, then nurtured by her handfeeder NannyRoo. She came to live with us when she was about 8 months old. She will probably live to be 50 years old or more! (Plenty of time to get to know each other.) Grey parrots are known for their imitative abilities, and can learn to understand what they are saying. Ally has learned several words in the last year, including hello, good boy, out, purple, lights out, oooooooooo, and my favorite, ach-whew (exactly like my sneeze)!
Try your hand at the AllyQuiz to see if you can tell what she's saying, or browse (and listen to) a nearly complete list of Ally's vocabulary.
If you're thinking about getting a parrot (grey or otherwise), be sure to do your homework first. Caring for Ally has been much different than caring for cats or dogs. She needs fresh veggies and other "people food" to stay healthy (so I cook more for her than for me and Pete!), she craves attention almost constantly, and she needs a steady supply of new toys to keep her active mind sharp. It's also a good idea to keep in mind that in addition to parrots' charming tendency to pick up human words, they still hang onto their own parroty vocabulary, which some might consider slightly less charming. And it's very important to only buy a WEANED baby!