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Birds aren't like babies—you can't expect them to pick up speech just by babbling away at them. You need a plan.
Step 1: Pick the right breed
If you haven’t already bought Tweety, pick a breed that is known for its chattiness. Amazon parrots and African greys are the gabbiest, followed by macaws, male cockatiels, mynahs, and parakeets.
Female cockatiels, female budgies, grass parakeets, rosellas, and canaries don’t talk.
Step 2: Choose an inquisitive bird
Once you’ve narrowed your choices to a talkative breed, focus your attention on choosing a bird that seems alert and interested in what’s going on around him. These are clues that he’ll make a good talker.
Step 3: Get a young bird
Get a young bird. Like the proverbial old dog who can’t learn new tricks, an older bird is going to have more trouble picking up speech.
Step 4: Name that bird
Give the bird a name that is no more than two syllables. A longer name reduces the chances that he will learn to say his own name.
Step 5: Designate a teacher
If you’re married and/or have children, pick one person to teach the bird. If several people are trying to instruct the bird, it will only confuse it.
Birds learn more easily from women.
Step 6: Time your training
Start training at the optimal time. For smaller birds, that’s at four to six months. For bigger birds, wait until they’re six to twelve months.
Don’t teach a bird to whistle before training him to talk, or it will make the speech lessons that much harder.
Step 7: Keep it simple
Start training by saying a few simple words to Tweety, always using them under the same circumstances. For example, you could say 'Good morning' every day when you first rise, and you could reserve 'Bye' for when the bird can see you walk out the door.
Step 8: Repeat words
Repeat the words several times in each instance. You want the bird to start associating the sound you are making with the context.
Step 9: Reward speech
Give Tweety a treat every time he repeats something you are teaching him.
Remember that birds don’t just repeat what you want them to; they mimic sounds they hear. So if you’re suffering a bout of loud flatulence, or getting ready to rip someone a new one, stay out of Tweety’s earshot.
Step 10: Unteach them
If Tweety has picked up a bad word, washing his mouth out with soap won’t work. But ignoring him when he repeats the word will, because getting your attention is his main incentive.
Step 11: Enjoy
Now enjoy chatting with your fine-feathered friend!
Did You Know?
Talking birds often will imitate your phone’s ring tone because they get a kick out of watching you come running.
My bird is a female Kakariki (Parrakeet) she is 2 months old about to be 3 and she already says "Hello" "What are you doing?" "I don't know" "Haha" "Kiss" "Olive" (her name) "Pretty Bird" and the normal sound Kakarikis make.
I have a male Cockatiel and I wanna name him, I got him like two days ago... There's this name from Jaiden animations and she has a bird named: Ari. Would that be a good name? I wanna take care of my bird and entertain him :) (gr8 vids btw)
I have a 25 year old cockateil that learned how to say "pretty bird" and whistle over the years,I tried saying hello when I walk in the room, and bye when I walk out for a month but I'm starting to think he is to old, should I give up or not
I think it's misleading to tell people that female budgies can't talk- they can, but not as much as male counterparts. This might lead people who have female budgies that there is no hope for getting them to talk.
2:30 I also remember the time my African grey,Brian, tricked my mom whilst she was making pasta for dinner..he mimicked the phone and she legit ran so fast to find out it was Brian...but she doesn't get mad she even kisses him without getting bitten lol
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