Species: Psittacus erithacus, African Grey Parrot   •   Born: 1989     •   Gender: Male

Smoky‘Smoky’ came to the AEF in 2014 from an elderly couple who could no longer care for him.

He is now the office favorite and is quite the troublemaker. He climbs down from his cage and walks around the office to monitor everyone’s work effectiveness.

Smoky’s favorite things to say are “See you later,” “Are you hungry?” “Wanna’ go see the owl?” and “I love you, okay?” He’s an excellent whistler: he whistles part of the Andy Griffith theme song and also mimics the training whistle used by AEF staff in the building across the parking lot. In addition, he mimics a cat’s “meow,” a dog’s “woof,” and R2D2.


Parrots are considered to be the smartest of birds. They can be taught to distinguish colors, shapes, objects, and even people. African Greys have been shown to perform at the cognitive level of a 3 to 6-year-old child in some tasks.