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How to Teach Your Parrot to Talk

The ability of parrots to talk or repeat human sounds, to be more precise makes owning these birds even more rewarding. However, do not expect from your pet to turn into a “talker“ within a few days. If you want your parrot to talk, you first need to gain his trust because you cannot expect from him to “cooperate“ until he feels absolutely safe and comfortable with you.

Patience, patience and more patience is the very first thing you need if you want to teach your bird to talk. It is possible to find tips and tricks promising to help you teach your parrot to talk within less than a month but they do not always work. Some parrots need more time than the others and for that reason you should not watch for the time and much less feel frustrated if you do not achieve results as quickly as you would perhaps want to. In addition, you might make your parrot frustrated too and in this case, he is even less likely to talk. One more time, be patient because you will hear “hello“ from your pet when you expect it at least.

There are no special tricks when it comes to teaching parrots to talk. Repetition is the key because your bird will pick up the words he hears on a regular basis. And the more often he hears them the more likely he is to try to repeat them. However, focus on one word at a time such as the previously mentioned “hello“. Spend at least one hour a day with your parrot and repeat the word you would like to tech him as often as possible. Be sure, however, to start with short and easy words. Think of it like teaching a child to talk as children learn to speak more complex words and phrases only after they master the easier ones. And with parrots, it is pretty much the same.

Giving your parrot a treat when he is showing efforts to repeat the word you are teaching him is also a good idea because your pet will feel motivated if he sees that there is something in it for him. Give your pet a treat every time he tries to repeat after you and praise him for being a good bird. Continue with your daily sessions and move to other words when he is able to say “hello“ perfectly. Use the same methods but continue to reward him for previously learned words too.

In addition to direct interaction, it is also a good idea to watch TV and play your radio a little bit louder because your parrot memorizes the words he had learned and learns new ones a lot easier if hearing them on a regular basis. Be sure, however, not to use TV and radio as a replacement for your daily sessions. They can be used only to complement your daily hours not to substitute them. Also, be sure to watch your language when around your bird, especially when he starts making progress.