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    How to Teach Blue & Gold Macaws to Talk

    ArticleParrot AdviceWednesday 23 February 2011
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    Blue and gold macaws are large members of the parrot family, usually native to the rainforests of Central and South America. They are very easy to teach how to talk.

    Choose a name for your macaw. Choose a name that has syllables either beginning or ending with hard vowel sounds – this will make it easier for your macaw to learn and pronounce.

    Talk and sing to your bird as much as possible; eventually it will begin to converse back.

    Say your macaw’s name to it clearly, with an upbeat tone, while giving a treat and at feeding times.

    Notice how your macaw seems to “ask” for food, or other things, in its native tongue. Say the English (or whichever language you prefer!) word back to your macaw at those times while pointing at the item, much like human parents do when teaching babies to talk; your bird will soon understand.

    Associate words with actions.

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