Does Your Bird Talk?
The Best Phrases to Teach Your Parrot
Parrots are extremely sociable creatures and actually constantly crave attention from their human flock members. It is no surprise then that some parrots will learn to talk faster than other parrots as a means of vocal communication with their owners. But what are best phrases to teach your parrot?
First you’ll have to learn how to properly train your parrot to talk:
The morning hours and early evening hours are when most parrots are naturally more vocal. This is because these are the times of day, when in the wild, parrots would go out in the morning to forage for food and then would return back to roost in the evening. Their calls back and forth to each other would help them find food and return home safely at the end of the day.
Therefore, it would be better for your parrot if you structured your training sessions around the morning hours or early evening hours, preferably at a time when the two of you can be left undisturbed. This means having no television or radio on, or having guests and family members come in and out of your training session. Such interruptions can be detrimental to your working arrangement with your parrot and could actually hamper your training efforts.
Obviously you will need to have a good rapport with your parrot before you can even begin to attempt a training session. If your parrot fears you or doesn’t trust you then they are not going to want to learn anything at all. In fact, such a parrot will instead be quiet and will keep as far away from you as possible. Once they trust you your parrot will start to get your attention by using its own natural vocals.
Parrots are natural mimics and love to imitate and try out new sounds that they hear. So start slowly and choose just a few simply syllable words and phrases to speak slowly to your parrot.
Try these phrases:
Once your parrot has mastered these simple phrases you can then move on to more specific phrases, such as naming treats and activities:
Parrots are so intelligent that they will eventually learn to associate certain phrases and words with an actual situation or need.
Whenever you give your parrot a treat or a toy, ask him if he wants it by carefully enunciating your words. You should try to use an item’s proper name so that your parrot can learn to associate the word with the object.
By following these simple techniques your parrot will be talking in no time!
What’s the best way to get your bird talking?
Whenever anyone thinks of a parrot, they think of a talking bird. It can be disappointing if your bird hasn’t yet gained the skill to talk with you. All members of the parrot family are naturally vocal birds who like to chatter which makes it easier to have a bird who talks. But, there are some birds who are more inclined to speak such as the African Grey and some that are less inclined such as budgies.
Ideally the best way to get a bird talking is two-fold. First, start with a very young bird. Young birds learn their vocal skills right out of the nest much like human babies start babbling very early. Second, if you want a vocal bird he needs to live in a vocal environment. That means spending time with you bird, taking with your bird, and having those sounds around him. It makes it that much easier for him to mimic.
Learning by seeing
Maybe you’ve felt stumped about training your bird to talk, and you’ve been confronted with just articles or manuals. These can be very good resources, but they don’t always provide the whole picture. Clear and concise videos are often a better option when training any animal because it allows you to see the training in action.
The Elite Parrots Club offers just this opportunity through their bird expert known as the Bird Lady. The Bird Lady has many years of experience with birds, and she has created a wealth of videos to show you how to work with your bird both on training him to speak and also on problem solving other issues. There are also many accompanying articles to review after the videos.
What are others saying…
The Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club are already changing birds’ lives. Here is what some club members are saying:
“My Honduras Amazon, who is 9-years-old, has a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He has taken individual words and made his own sentences. Some of them are quite hilarious.”
“Even though my parrot talked some when we got him, he has achieved a much larger vocabulary and talks on command now.”