African Grey Parrot Pin
A 1.25" hard enamel pin with a collectable backing card, printed on recycled paper.
Grey Parrots are widely regarded as the most intelligent parrot species, as well as one of the most intelligent animals in general; they are right up there with dolphins, chimps, crows, elephants, and etc.
They have an amazing vocal ability; they can learn human speech and imitate it near perfectly, as well as learn to communicate actual complex thoughts and ideas! A lot of research has been done on these guys since the 70's, started by an amazing & groundbreaking scientist, Dr. Irene Pepperburg. Through her research, we have learned that AGPs have the cognitive abilities of about a 4 to 6 year old child, that they're able to learn to count and even understand complex ideas such as the concept of "zero/nothing", do simple math, learn colors, ask for objects or treats by name, etc. They've also been shown to have more empathy than other parrots; willingly giving their food to other AGPs to help them out, even if it doesn't benefit them directly.
These parrots are AMAZING, but unfortunately they are listed as an endangered animal. Illegal capture for the pet trade is a large factor why, as well as habitat destruction.
I designed the pin the way I did to reflect the AGPs sassy attitude & enjoyment of being "rude" and silly, with glasses to symbolize their intelligence.