Recently I have been reading "Of Parrots And People", a book I've loved for years (seriously, look it up) and I have a few of my thoughts and musings I had while reading the book to share. Give a brainy 5 year old a Swiss army knife, a jetpack, and a megaphone, and you pretty much have a large parrot. Sometimes abuse is more damaging than neglect. A rescued Macaw had to be cut out of his cage, he had been stuffed in it when he was purchased, and had long outgrown the door. I almost cried reading this paragraph. Many birds, even today, with unknowledgeable owners rarely see the light of day. Sitting alone in a cage. Waiting for their owners to remember they have a pet. The silent ones suffer more. Parrots that scream for attention get rehomed often, and have a chance at a better life. Others stay quiet, sometimes starving or dying of thirst as a result. African Greys can speak with incredible comprehension, take Morgan. She knows how to use a telephone to speed-dial favorite humans when she feels like a chat. She can name dog breeds that pass by her window. In her own words: "Morgan wants a puppy. A beagle." Beagles are her favorite dogs. She can repeat a new human's name and introduce herself after only hearing it a few times. Take this example from the book: "Hi, Mira. I'm Morgan." Seriously, this book is a must-read. I need to find it for retail and add it to my collection permanently.