Owning a parrot can be a very rewarding experience, and its chatter can be great company. So how do you get a parrot to talk?
Well first of all, you have to choose the parrot carefully. Some breeds are more talkative or easier to teach than others.
Smaller parrots that are more difficult to teach:
Best Talking Parrots:
- African Grey Parrot
- Timnas Greys
- Amazon parrots such as: Yellow Napes, Blue Fronts, Double Yellowheads
How to Identify a Good Talker
Despite your best efforts at choosing the right parrot and spending hours with it trying to teach it to talk, for some unknown reason some birds will simply refuse to talk. However you can improve your chances of success by doing the following:
Pick a parrot that sits relaxed on its perch and comes to you to have its head scratched. A shy or aggressive parrot is difficult to teach to talk.
Male Parrots are Better Talkers
Pick a healthy parrot from a reputable breeder. Preferably, the parrot is still being hand fed and is young. There is a certain time window in which the bird can learn to talk.
Start training by talking to the parrot as early as possible. Training is best in the mornings and evenings when the parrots are by nature more vocal.
Provide Interaction with Humans
This is a very important factor. Place the parrot in a kitchen or other location where there is a lot of relaxed human activity and talking going on. The parrot will thrive best in an airy, colorful atmosphere with plenty of smells. Keep the parrot away from any others until it can talk; teaching two birds is very difficult.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Feed the parrot a good brand of pellets rather than mainly seeds. Reward the parrot with nuts and seeds when it does as it’s asked.
Associate Words with Rewards
Repeat the words often and with emotion. Make sure there are no distractions and the parrot is focusing on you and is alert. The parrot will learn to associate words with actions or objects. For example, saying ‘peanut’ and giving the parrot a peanut will assign a meaning to the word.
Keep training periods less than twenty minutes and use a high-pitched voice. Start with simple words. Some easy words to teach are: grape, key, paper, box, corn, carrot, water and bean.
Go slow. Teach one word at a time and do not teach the parrot to whistle until it has a large vocabulary.
Above all, patience and persistence will get you the rewards you want. If you are having limited success, another family member such as a woman or child may want to have a go before you give up on the parrot.
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