Dear Parrot Lover,
Before you get too excited about the prospect of your teaching your parrot to speak, you should be aware that there are many types of parrots that cannot talk. Make sure you do plenty of background research into your parrot’s species. There are certainly some parrots that are famously known to be great talkers, such as African Greys, while other parrots may only learn to mimic their owners, such as Budgies and Cockatiels.
When you first embark on attempting to train your parrot to speak, make sure that you choose your words wisely. Teaching with short and simple words can provide your parrot with encouragement to attempt the same word. Great beginner words are:
Watch your expression and the pitch of your own voice when training your parrot to talk. Parrots love animation. So make sure the tone of your voice and the expression of your face truly reflects the word that you are training your parrot to speak.
Also carefully watch your parrot’s body language whenever you are trying to train him to speak new words. If you are vigil enough you will be able to tell which words excite your parrot more. Those are the words you should then focus on as they will help keep your more parrot engaged.
Repeat these words to your parrot as often as you can and in as many sentences as well. The more your parrot hears you say these words, the more apt he is to repeat them. All parrots learn to speak through the practice of repetition.
Once you have narrowed down your list of suitable words, set up a training routine for your parrot. Such a routine can be practiced every day. Do keep in mind, however, that although there are many parrots that are very quick to learn human speech, there are many more parrots that may take months or even years before they will even try to utter their very first word. And then there are those parrots that just simply flat out refuse to talk at all.
If you believe that your parrot is taking an unnaturally long time learning to speak, take a step or two back. Try teaching your parrot something much simpler like a nursery rhyme whilst or a show tune whistle. Some parrots are less intimated by learning to whistle than they are learning to speak.
The Talkative Parrot
Talking is natural for birds
Talking in birds doesn’t just happen with captive birds. Birds are a naturally communicative species in the wild within their own flocks. You can even find various dialects among the flocks that help a bird locate his flock or a chick to locate his parent.
These calls are distinct and different from what we think of when we talk about training a bird to speak. Natural bird calls are true communication where training a bird to whistle, sing, or speak a variety of words is more conditioning and training a bird than likely true understanding.
Even so, a bird can be trained to have a large vocabulary. The famous Alex the African Grey knew over a hundred distinct words, and the Guinness Book of World Records listed a common parakeet has having a vocabulary of over 1,700 words!
Building a vocabulary
How can you increase your bird’s vocabulary so that he is speaking a high number of words too? It really is all about the training and the bird.
First, most birds don’t start working on speech and being able to repeat words until after the first year of life, some not until at least 1 1/2 years. So, if your bird hasn’t spoken yet, this is probably quite normal for him.
Second, you want to immerse your bird in the world of speech. If you have other birds, he is more inclined to speak bird than words. Try to really invest at least 15 minutes of talking training with your bird each day. But, you can also expose him to prerecorded speech to encourage him to learn even more!
The Real Speech system of training a bird to speak
The Real Speech training system for birds really helps you to identify what works best for your individual bird. It will help you to determine what words will work out best for your bird. It will also help you learn more about the best ways to pronounce the words and speed up his training.
Plus, you’ll learn just how important those prerecorded speech messages can be for training! It’s a system that outlines everything you need to know to get your bird chatting up a storm.