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Birds aren't like babies—you can't expect them to pick up speech just by babbling away at them. You need a plan.
Step 1: Pick the right breed
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: Choose an inquisitive bird
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
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: Name that bird
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: Designate a teacher
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: Time your training
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: Keep it simple
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 words
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: Reward speech
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: Unteach them
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: Enjoy
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.
I got a female cockatiel she's very talkative, many words she said very clear & whistle as well, she will gonna said to me, where are you, wahhh, very cute🐣🐣 she's 23 years old now to me 🐣still strong & talkative my darling cookie🐣🐣❤️❤️
I’ve got a budgie who is in my room who learnt his own name very quickly... and I have a cockatiel who is 4 months old soon and he’s already started to talk! The are both in my room but I have a peach face lovebird and she’s a little more aggressive than chatty... I love birbs
This is not such a good video because even some Males don't talk and you have to pick a bird because you want a feathered companion not because they can talk. If you want something that could reapeat what you say get a recorder. And good talkers don't have to be that expensive Try getting a Quaker they are easy learners an the most lovable if trained properly. My bubba is a Quaker and I have him for 2 months now, his old owner hated it him because he would bite her she put him for sale in craigslist and I bought him from her and he talks up storm. He will wake me up with his large screams does the teeth brushing sounds, the brewing noise for the cofee, saids Rebecca I like it, I like her,Jehovah,yeah when asked a question, pretty bird,good job his name Bubba, calls the kitty. By the way kitty is our cockatiel.
I brought my male cockatiel off my friends brother. I soon learnt that my bird mimics the phone ringing. The worst thing is it’s not even my phone haha. After a few months of him living at my house he learnt to mimic the laughing kookaburras
At petco, I was looking at a bird and it just started putting its leg up and moving it like it was waving at me, then it got some of its food and just held it in his mouth and stared at me and accidentally dropped it, so I tried to see if it was the bird that copied you and so I bobbed my head up and down and it started to do the same thing I laughed so hard, the other bird was uhh... let’s just say, Not to interesting.. 😓
I remember watching this video when I was 4 years old and I got my first bird. I actually named her “Tweety” like the video referred to the bird as. I was young, so she ended up not learning how to talk properly, but she did mimic sounds she heard.
It’s been almost a year since she passed on of old age. I miss her so much but I am so glad I was able to get her and make her happy in her life.
Hopefully I can get a new bird someday.
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