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Alex the African Grey Memorial Pin

Pioneering parrot keepsake is available for purchase

By BirdChannel Editors

The Alex FoundationA pin honoring Alex the African grey, who passed away at age 31 on September 6, 2007, is available on the The Alex Foundation website.

The pin is crafted in copper with an antique pewter-like finish and depicts Alex’s profile, which shows his unique single red neck feather. The pins measure 1¼ inches tall by ¾ inch wide and are $19.95 (price does not include shipping).

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Alex the African grey parrot
Front of Alex Memorial Pin
Alex the African grey parrot
Back of Alex Memorial Pin

Alex was known for his work with Irene Pepperberg, PhD. on parrot cognition and communication. According to the Foundation, all proceeds go toward the Alex Memorial Fund, which helps support Dr. Pepperberg’s continuing research with two other African grey parrots at Brandeis University.

For more information about the Alex Memorial Pin, contact Jaimi at

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I read about Alex's history in the new Birdtalk magazine and I thought it was very well written. It really looked like Alex was a one and only unique bird who learned things far above any other bird. I have 2 parakeets. Kiwi who is my male bird started talking in April 2006 soon after his brother was put down after a bad break in his leg. His first word was 'Pretty Bird' and 'I love you'. he doesn't always talk every day but when he says I love you it brings great joy to my heart so I can imagine how it could feel hearing Alex talk. I know it really hurts to not have Alex here now but he left quite a legacy for your research.
Gertrude Ann, Spokane, WA
Posted: 11/21/2007 8:46:38 PM
This is a great way to remember Alex.
M, Greenview, CA
Posted: 10/24/2007 6:17:53 PM
seems like a great foundation. keep up the good work.
Kim, Sulphur, LA
Posted: 10/7/2007 1:14:45 PM
nice idea
stephanie, no smithfield, RI
Posted: 9/27/2007 5:20:39 PM
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