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    How to get Your Parrot To Talk

    ArticleParrot AdviceFriday 27 May 2011
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    Parrots for sale are highly sought-after birds because many of them have the special ability to talk. Certain species of parrot are more likely to talk than others, such as the African gray parrot, Amazon parrot and quaker parrot. But it isn’t an innate ability – they have to be trained. Just like in the wild where baby parrots imitate their parents and their social circle in order to communicate, if you teach a parrot to communicate in its new domestic environment it will eventually be able to imitate human speech.

     

    Make sure your parrot lives in a stimulating environment – lots of toys, swings, perches, and put them in the house’s busiest room (be it the kitchen, the lounge or wherever) so they hear lots of dialogue and conversations all the time.

    Talk to your parrot constantly. Try and use the same kind of methods of communication you would with a baby – enunciate, repeat, and hold your parrot close to your mouth so it can see how you form your words.

    Copy any sounds your parrot already makes, and lavish praise on it when it repeats the sound. The more you reward your parrot for mimicking you, the more likely it is to carry on doing so. This praise can take the form of treats or of stroking.

    Listen for your parrot mumbling or babbling; this may be a sign that it is trying to speak. Reply to it to encourage it to carry on talking. Conceal yourself in an adjoining room and talk; try to get the parrot to draw you out of your hiding place by talking.

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