What is the best way to train a parrot to talk?

  1. GA Anderson profile image83
    GA Andersonposted 6 years ago

    What is the best way to train a parrot to talk?

  2. hecate-horus profile image82
    hecate-horusposted 6 years ago

    One simple rule: repetition.  Saying the same word or phrase over and over.  Oh, and while your away, make sure you leave the radio or TV on. 
    Parrots are very social creatures and want to fit with the group, so they will mimic things they hear constantly.

  3. Lyndsey Kocher profile image60
    Lyndsey Kocherposted 6 years ago

    Use a system of rewards. Say the desired word. Then repeat. If the bird makes a sound, reward it. Gradually become more demanding by requiring the sound to be more similar to the sound you wish them to repeat.

    You can cue the bird with a question. "What is the color of money?"

    "Green!"

    "What are the color of my eyes?"

    "Green!"

    "What's your favorite color?"

    "Green!"

    Birds will also pick up on high emotion and stress. A forcefully enunciated word spoken once, very sharply and loudly, may be picked up by the bird after only one use of the word. This is why many parrots pick up on 'naughty' words!!!

    A parrot can also be cued by timing. I had a small budgie who I trained to whistle the opening bars to Beethoven's Fifth each time I walked in the room by simply turning on a CD player cued to that song each time he saw me. It was a pleasant hello from a beautiful bird.

 
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