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Science  11 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5455, pp. 980-981
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5455.980

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The Alex Studies Cognitive and Communicative Abilities of Grey Parrots. Irene Maxine Pepperberg. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1999. 446 pp. $39.95, £24.95. ISBN 0-674-00051-X.

For more than two decades, Pepperberg has worked with an individual African Grey Parrot named Alex. In this book, she describes her admirably rigorous studies of his linguistic abilities and what they might mean for our understanding of an animal mind.