How to teach a parrot to talk?
Parrots have long been familiar to us Pets. Of course, exotic large and bright representatives of this species of birds not everyone can afford, but even a more modest individuals become the favorites and are full members of many families. Why do we get parrots? Unlike other birds, they are funny, easily tamed and trained, have interesting habits. But most importantly – they can talk with us in the same language. It is this unique ability to mimic parrots are so successful.
If you decide to get a bird-talker, you should know that, first, not all parrots are equally able and teachable. And secondly, you have to spend time and exert a lot of effort to teach your bird to talk. In order to answer the main question (how to teach a parrot to talk?), need to know the answers to some of the associated issues.
A matter of preference
Of all the pet parrots the most talented imitators are considered Jaco, cockatoos, and Amazon parrots. The leader among the birds-talkers – grey Jaco. This large bird is able not only to memorize words, but can still perfectly mimic the intonation and timbre of the human voice. Moreover, Jaco often said “the topic”, than unspeakably surprised its owners and their guests. But Jaco bird is not only able, but whimsical, noisy, and fussy. In addition, Jaco can start perfectly mimic any sounds and flatly refuse to say the words.
These types of parrots like cockatiels, Rosella, lovebirds and less trained, but not hopeless. Parrots Lori can begin to talk even without training. Loricati able to learn about fifty words, but the diction leaves much to be desired.
Talented pupils are considered and the most familiar to us budgerigars. They are able to memorize a lot of words and even phrases. However, to say these words is not quite clear. Although many owners of budgies do not think so and fully understand the “speech” of their favorites.
But no matter what parrot you get, remember that the success of learning will depend on the personality of the bird. And don’t think that your newly acquired parrot immediately begin to talk (and if not immediately, then certainly a lot of good). Alas, in addition to your desire and patience will still need the desire and ability birds. However, if the strategy of training your parrot to be correct, then success in this difficult matter is sure to be achieved.
A question of strategy
To begin, decide what you no longer want – a talking bird or a parrot (who can talk). If you purchase a young and untrained parrot, the chances of success in training you will have more, and the bird itself will cost you much cheaper. Choosing a parrot, pay attention to his behavior, the bird, and capable of learning carefully watching the man and listening to the conversations. The best age for acquiring a parrot is one or two months.
If you are buying a bird for breeding, it is best to opt for the male. Although there is still no exact answer to the question about who is better talking (boys or girls). However, I noticed that budgies are more talkative still boys.
Buying a bird, be prepared that your pet may not be very capable student. To determine its ability in advance is impossible, but as you know, patience and a little effort. So tune in accordingly: perseverance, patience, and kindness must become your assistants. The result will be anyway.
A matter of trust
This question is perhaps the most important. Only a tame parrot will talk to you. So make friends with your parrot, the bird has to trust you and to wait from you the filth and meanness. How to achieve a trusting relationship?
Parrots don’t like change: change the usual situation is already stressful for them. Therefore, settling the bird at home, give her time to adjust to new surroundings. By the way, the older parrot, the longer the period of adjustment. Once the parrot has mastered and will cease to panic when approaching a human cell, you can start to tame it.
Come to the cage gently, gently calling the parrot by name. Try not to frighten the bird, don’t tease her. Try to stretch to palm a treat your bird, and when he no longer frightened of your hands, open the cage and reach inside. After the parrot quietly begin to take food from the hands, he will sit down and outstretched finger. But when these skills are fixed, release it to fly around the room.
If the bird safely will sit you on the arm or on the shoulder (and some on the head) and are happy to take food from your hands, then contact. Therefore, it is possible to begin teaching. Remember that the training should be voluntary. If the parrot shows no interest, stop the lesson. Don’t get mad and take your time. Your impatience will lead to irritation and may scare the bird and break the trust relationship.
A question of tactics
The atmosphere in the room where the training needs to be quiet – no extraneous, sudden and loud noises and anything that may distract or frighten the bird. Classes, preferably daily in the same time (as school). Your parrot will soon get used to this regime. And even it is possible that he will be looking forward to the next class. Start training with 15-minute lessons, gradually increasing the time to 30-40 minutes.
If you teach a parrot to talk will be the woman or the child, the case is likely to go faster. For some reason, these birds are more like children’s and female voices. While most of the parrots selectively relate to teachers and well-trained with those who they like.
To begin, select one simple word, preferably the name of the parrot. Say it slowly, clearly and loudly (in these moments the teachers themselves are similar to parrots). It is desirable that the first words contained the snarling and hissing sounds. Don’t try to teach a parrot to multiple words. At the end of each lesson be sure to praise your bird and treat some treat. After the first success you can move on to more complex material.
Use the method of Association. Teaching parrot some phrase, do it in an appropriate situation. For example, approaching the cage, speak a greeting, and giving the bird food, pronounce the phrase with the word “eat”. Very often this method gives amazing results parrot trained to distinguish objects and even learn!
How to teach a parrot to talk, if it doesn’t have the time? It’s simple – you can use this tape (dictaphone) recording. However, experience shows that birds are happy to interact in person. But tape is good to use for learning songs and poems. Yes, these birds are even capable of that!
Incidentally, many parrots learn phrases they hear on the radio or on TV, as well as just the words that are spoken often in the house. So be careful in expressions and do not allow yourself unnecessary in the presence of such diligent students (then to not blush in front of guests).
And finally a few pieces of advice:
- a few short daily lessons will have a better result than one long session;
- the best time for training – morning and evening;
- the words must remember the parrot must be said emotionally, “expression”;
- parrots learn better in the presence of the other talking birds (competition?);
- live chat is still preferable to tape recording;
- before you can teach to talk the parrot wavy or any other talker, please be patient.
Remember that not all parrots can very quickly remember the phrases. But if such lessons are carried out continuously and according to the rules, at one point, your parrot will pronounce the first magic word. And further – is easier. The bird also likes socializing.