Before the ALEX Project we had no idea what went on inside of a parrot’s brain. ALEX and his teacher, scientist Irene Pepperberg changed the way the world understood what it meant to be a ‘bird brain’. ALEX, a beautiful African Grey, expressed his wishes, scolded the people in the lab as well as his avian colleagues, understood the concept of zero, made up words, teased his teachers, and generally acted as if there was no hierarchy between the 2 species. ALEX had a unique and strong personality which he shared which all who would listen. Irene and ALEX were an amazing team.