I thought of you, C3D, and the participants of the Conversations Section of the Pond Forum when I read an article in the Feb 2009 issue of Discover Magazine.
It was about a woman's (approximately) 30 year relationship with a parrot as she studied animal intelligence. The article was based on her book: "Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process." The book was published in 2008 by Harper collins Publishers.
It reminds me so much of your comments about your parrot, whose name has suddenly fled my mind (just like Barry will in the spring with his new tail feathers :) )