Archive for December, 2015

The Real Way to a Talking Bird

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Most parrot owners want to teach their parrots to talk because they relish the entertainment factor. Sure, a talking parrot can certainly provide hours of entertainment for your family and friends. But what if teaching your parrot to talk could eventually lead your parrot to save your life, or that of your family members?

Now not all species of parrots can talk. Here is a list of a few of the most common parrot and bird species that have the innate ability to learn how to talk:

  • African Grey Parrots
  • Amazon Parrots, such as Lilac Crowned, Blue Fronts, Double Yellowheads, and Red Loreds
  • Budgies/Parakeets
  • Cockatiels
  • Lorikeets
  • Lovebirds
  • Mynah birds
  • Quaker Parrots

It was the last species on this list, a Quaker Parrot that had been taught to speak by his owner.

Quaker parrots are known to be extremely social birds that are very friendly creatures. Often they are also referred to as the ‘intelligent clowns’ of the parrot world. Quaker parrots are very curious and playful. But they also have a wonderful reputation as being excellent talkers.

A Quaker Parrot called Willie lived in Denver, Colorado, USA, with his human family. Over the years Willie had learned to talk and amongst his vocabulary were such words and phrases as “I love you”, “Baby”, and “Mama”. Willie was taught to talk by his young owner, Meagan

One day, Meagan was babysitting two year old Hannah Kuusk. After giving Hannah a piece of Pop Tart as part of her breakfast, Meagan left the room to the use the bathroom.

Unfortunately, while Meagan was out of the room, Hannah started to choke on the Pop Tart. In an attempt to warn Meagan, Willie began to screech and flap his wings uncontrollably. Having never heard Willie make such a commotion before, Meagan rushed back into the room.

“While I was in the bathroom, Willie started screaming like I’d never heard before, and started flapping his wings,” Meagan said.

“Then he started saying ‘Mama baby’ over and over and over again until I came out.”

As soon as Meagan re-entered the room she noticed that Hannah was choking and that her face had already started to turn blue. Thinking quickly, Meagan was able to perform the Heimlich maneuver, which dislodged the food.

“If Willie wouldn’t have warned me, I probably wouldn’t have come out of the bathroom in time because she was already turning blue,” Meagan stated.

Willie was honored by The Red Cross with an Animal Lifesaver Award.

The Real Way to a Talking Bird

Talking is a social skill

Click Here to Teach Your Parrot To Talk Right NOW

If you have been wanting to teach your parrot to talk, you’re in luck! Parrots are so naturally social with one another that they have as a species developed a varied system of vocalizations to communicate with one another. When they are with people and not other birds they still desire to communicate. You’ll still have the common bird sounds, but your parrot will likely try to communicate in other ways too….like talking.

Birds pick up the sounds of their flock when they are very young. These sounds are used to locate other members of the flock and call over a distance. Your parrot will try to mimic many of the words and sounds he hears you make just like he would the sounds from his flock. It’s not true talking and shaping of words like we do as humans. Parrots don’t have lips or mouths that can shape words and they also don’t have vocal cords.

Click here to learn more about bird mimicry

Factors that affect bird speech

Birds are individuals and each bird will learn and speak at a different rate. The younger the bird is when you obtain him often helps since he is influenced by you and has bonded with you. It also helps if the bird’s personality is not fearful in nature. Your bird needs to feel comfortable and confident in your presence in order to really get talking.

Training your bird no more than 15 minutes a day can really help him learn to talk. Repetition helps him learn the words. He won’t get it right the first time or two. When you do hear him make attempts to repeat a word be sure to praise and reward him. Attention from you, stroking him, or a small treat will let him know he’s gotten it right.

Other factors can affect your bird’s rate of learning such as different voices, vocal patterns, or frequencies. The amount of distractions in the environment can greatly affect the training process, particularly if there is another bird present.

Read more about shaping the best learning environment for your bird

The “Real” way to a bird learning to speak

Birding professional Chet Womach has developed a system for training known as the Real Speech training system. The system helps you identify what will work best for your individual bird. The Teach Your Parrot to Speak package is risk-free with a 30 day test trial, but it’s likely you’ll find so much information you will be highly satisfied. Your bird will be talking
like never before!

Click here to learn about Reel Speech and how it works

Nathalie Roberts

The Squawking Parrot

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Unless you are a brand new parrot owner, you probably already know that parrots can be quite vocal at times. And most parrot owners are fine with a little sound, but will all agree that dealing with noisy parrots can be very hard.

Unfortunately parrots are, by nature, noisy. Just listen to the birds that are sitting in the tree in your backyard right now. Birds use vocalizations to communicate with each in the wild; and they continue to attempt to communicate by vocalizing in captivity too. By our own natural design, we humans have a natural inclination to attempt to quiet our pets, be they dogs or parrots. We desperately need to understand that animals kept in captivity, like dogs and parrots, are going to bark and screech to some extent. These are healthy and normal vocalizations.

Even though parrots are natural screamers, some parrots have more of a tendency to be vocal than others. For example, parrots of the Conure family are renowned for packing a loud punch in their tiny little bodies, whereas African Greys prefer to mimic the sounds in their environment. So if you don’t mind noisy parrots, then choose a Jenday Conure to join your family.

Remember that just because a screeching parrot is annoying, those screeches may not necessarily be classified as excessive screaming. Parrot Behaviorists believe that excessive screaming is defined as a parrot that screams non-stop for hours at a time, especially when there is no apparent reason for the screaming.

As humans it is or natural inclination to react whenever we hear a baby cry, a dog bark, or even our parrot’s screams, by attempting to console them by interacting with them. The problem with this is that if we respond to every scream our parrots make, we will be unable to distinguish between the types of screams, and we will, inevitably, be rewarding our parrots for screaming. Such reward results in more screams. Try to avoid this common mistake.

Instead, refrain from giving your parrot any attention until he has quietened down. Even parrots that are in the bad habit of excessively screaming will take a short break amidst the screaming, and this provides a perfect opportunity for you to interact with your parrot, rewarding him for his silence.

The best advice, however, is to learn to distinguish between your parrots screams. If they are screams for attention, the best thing you can do is ignore your parrot. But if the screams signify that your parrot is hurt or scared, then you need to react immediately.

The Squawking Parrot

Believe it or not, screaming is normal

While not the most enjoyable part of living with a parrot, some level of screaming is likely to come along too. Parrots and most birds in general are vocal creatures. A wide variety of vocalizations are used for a lot of different purposes. It helps to understand the reasons behind why your bird is talking so much in order to help modify the behavior.

But, the first step in any training plan is to know that what your bird is doing is natural to him. You will have to accept some vocalizing from your parrot and be okay with that. Any excessive screaming or vocalizations can be modified in training.

Click here to read more about loud vocalizing in birds

What you should and shouldn’t do

A good majority of screaming is done to communicate with the humans in the parrot’s life. It can be used to get your attention or have you return to him. It’s best to avoid getting upset with your bird, yelling at him, or any other types of punishment. This type of reaction may actually further upset your bird. Screaming can also be used when a bird feels frightened or threatened, so threatening behavior may increase his screaming rather than reverse it. It’s also possible that he may get louder if you yell because he thinks you are squawking in unison with him.

It’s best to reward the behavior you want to see the most. That means only paying attention to him or returning to him when he is quieter. If you use a clicker you can also click when you see appropriate behavior and reward him for those more quiet moments. It can also be used to help if the
bird screams out of fear by helping to desensitize the bird to whatever or whoever is upsetting him and creating a new positive association.

Another thing to keep in mind, particularly if your parrot is screaming for attention, is to really make sure that you enrich the environment that the bird is living in. Birds are so very curious and intelligent that they need activities to help keep them busy. Puzzles and food toys are just one way to enrich the environment, but also active training helps too.

Click here to read more about training your parrot to quiet down

Parrot Screaming Secrets Revealed

The Parrot Screaming Secrets Revealed from birding professional Chet Womach is a 3 disc course that includes 2 dvds and an audio cd seminar. If you want to really know all the reasons behind your bird and his screaming, you’ll want to check this out. You’ll learn things that can help you easily modify his screaming. There is also 100% money back guarantee for 90 days so there is no risk at all to you!

Click here to learn all about Parrot Screaming Secrets Revealed

Nathalie Roberts