Dear Parrot Lover,
One of the main reasons why prospective parrot owners initially wish to purchase a parrot is just because they eager to have a talking pet. While it is true that parrots can and do talk – not every species of parrot has this ability.
If you are wanting a parrot just so that you can train it to talk, select a larger parrot such as a Macaw, Amazon, Cockatoo, or African Grey. These are the top parrot species that have an innate talking ability.
However, choosing the right species of parrot does not guarantee that the parrot you choose will actually talk. Regardless of the species, you will still need to have plenty of patience and proper knowledge on how to effectively train your parrot in order for him to realize his full talking potential.
To help you with this process, here is some parrot talking advice:
1. Start by distinctly enunciating your words so that your parrot can better pick up on the unique sounds they make
2. When first teaching your parrot a word or phrase, start by first speaking it aloud – nice and clearly. Then continue teaching it by using that very same word or phrase in a complete sentence. This is done so that your parrot will become better accustomed to hearing the word or phrase being reiterated in a variety of contexts.
3. Whenever your smart parrot reiterates or repeats the word or phrase right back, immediately reward him with tons of praise and perhaps a treat of his favorite food! Do this even if he gets the word or phrase wrong – it is they trying that you are rewarding.
4. You and your parrot can participate together in a short and fun conversation. This teaching advice will help to not only improve your parrot’s talking ability, but it will also help to foster more trust, respect, and love between the two of you. Choose short conversations involving his everyday necessities such has his food, treats, or toys.
5. Soon you can turn such a conversation into a question and answer format where you are asking your parrot the question and he is supplying you with the answer using the words and phrases that have been taught to him by you.
6. Keep all talk training sessions under 30 minutes each day, and make sure that the two of you will be able to have each other’s undivided attention.
7. The most important piece of advice is to refrain from punishing or scolding your parrot in any way. Each parrot learns to talk at their own their own unique pace – do not force him or try to rush him as he will become disgruntled and your loving relationship can turn sour.
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.”
Regards, Nathalie Roberts