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How to Train Your Bird to Talk

September 24, 2019


How to Train Your Bird to Talk. Birds aren’t like babies—you can’t expect
them to pick up speech just by babbling away at them. You need a plan. You will need The right breed of bird Time
Treats and patience. Step 1. If you haven’t already bought Tweety, pick
a breed that is known for its chattiness. Amazon parrots and African greys are the gabbiest,
followed by macaws, male cockatiels, mynahs, and parakeets. Female cockatiels, female budgies, grass parakeets,
rosellas, and canaries don’t talk. Step 2. Once you’ve narrowed your choices to a talkative
breed, focus your attention on choosing a bird that seems alert and interested in what’s
going on around him. These are clues that he’ll make a good talker. Step 3. Get a young bird. Like the proverbial old dog who can’t learn
new tricks, an older bird is going to have more trouble picking up speech. Step 4. Give the bird a name that is no more than
two syllables. A longer name reduces the chances that he
will learn to say his own name. Step 5. If you’re married and/or have children,
pick one person to teach the bird. If several people are trying to instruct the
bird, it will only confuse it. Birds learn more easily from women. Step 6. Start training at the optimal time. For smaller birds, that’s at four to six
months. For bigger birds, wait until they’re six
to twelve months. Don’t teach a bird to whistle before training
him to talk, or it will make the speech lessons that much harder. Step 7. Start training by saying a few simple words
to Tweety, always using them under the same circumstances. For example, you could say “Good morning”
every day when you first rise, and you could reserve “Bye” for when the bird can see
you walk out the door. Step 8. Repeat the words several times in each instance. You want the bird to start associating the
sound you are making with the context. Step 9. Give Tweety a treat every time he repeats
something you are teaching him. Remember that birds don’t just repeat what
you want them to; they mimic sounds they hear. So if you’re suffering a bout of loud flatulence,
or getting ready to rip someone a new one, stay out of Tweety’s earshot. Step 10. If Tweety has picked up a bad word, washing
his mouth out with soap won’t work. But ignoring him when he repeats the word
will, because getting your attention is his main incentive. Step 11. Now enjoy chatting with your fine-feathered
friend! Did you know Talking birds often will imitate
your phone’s ring tone because they get a kick out of watching you come running.

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