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    Teaching a parrot how to talk

    ArticleParrot AdviceWednesday 24 April 2013
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    So you have got a parrot and from watching television and movies you notice they talk. You think, "hey, that looks easy". In theory it looks easy however in practice it is quite difficult. We have drawn up a plan to help you get your bird to say those first few things. You can even go further, believe it or not, some birds can be trained to whistle and even sing.
    • Parrots will copy and pick up from what you say from day to day. The moment you get the bird, from day one start saying things like “hi” or the parrots name so they can pick up these words up from an early age.
    • It can be a good idea to hold your bird in front of you when talking. This will grab its attention so it knows you are talking directly to it.
    • Parrots will often repeat words that you say often so it will most likely pick up on family member names or common expressions you use while around it.
    • If your parrot finally says a word then giving it a treat can reaffirm they are doing the right thing. With this reward they should link the word to the treat and will hopefully carry on.
    • Never buy a parrot for the sole purpose of talking. Some breeds are not natural talkers and breeds which are known to talk have the odd parrot that is not interested.
    • It is said that parrots should be taught to talk before whistling. If the other way around it could easily interfere with the parrots learning ability.
    • The breed most able to talk is said to be the African Grey Parrot.
    • If your parrot starts saying words you do not want them to say then simply ignore them and hopefully they will stop this.
    • Parrots that are fed well are more likely to talk. Those fed on primarily seeds do not have the nutritional requirements and often problems will be faced when trying to teach them.
    • The best times to talk to your parrot are in the morning and early evenings as this is when. In the mornings they would naturally feed and congregate. In the evenings they would prepare for roosting. During these periods in the jungle they are known to be vocal.
     
    Source: WikiHow
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