Alex & Me by Irene M. Pepperberg
The story of Alex & Me is a bit detached and clinical, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what I’m looking for when I pick up a book with a cute parrot on the cover. If you are interested in finding out what Alex is capable of and how special he is, just watch this video instead.
Alex’s brain was the size of a shelled walnut, and when Irene and Alex first met, birds were not believed to possess language, consciousness, or anything remotely comparable to human intelligence. Yet, over the years, Alex proved many things. He could add, sound out words, and understand concepts like bigger, smaller, more, fewer, and none. He was capable of thought and intention. Together, Alex and Irene uncovered a startling reality: We live in a world populated by thinking, conscious creatures.