The question "how to teach a parrot to talk", I am sure, almost every happy owner of a feathered friend is interested. Indeed, it is really pleasant to return home to hear the word" hello "from your bird, or to leave" goodbye "and other funny phrases for different occasions. Let’s talk about how to teach a parrot to speak the right words at the right moments, which species are better suited to learning, etc.
Which parrots speak better
There are so many different types of parrots. All of them are differently popular as home wards and they all have different abilities to memorize and pronounce words and phrases.
The Jaco parrot is considered the most capable in this regard. Jacques are by nature true "talkers." Capable of memorizing and reproducing hundreds of words! Depending on the efforts and desires of the training person. But, Jaco parrots are less common than budgerigars. Probably because of its rather high price. Wavy parrots, one might say, have spread to homes around the world. hearing the word "parrot", most often there is an association with the wavy. Therefore, our training course on onomatopoeia will be considered with a bias on budgies.
You need to start teaching a parrot to speak as early as possible. A very, very important point is the connection of the bird with the owners. Between them there must be complete trust and understanding. You must love your bird, treat it kindly, because if the parrot is careful or afraid of you, training will not be effective at all.
It’s good if you took your ward 10 days before his departure from the nest, so that he would be used to close contact with a person as a chick. So he will show his creativity in possibly shorter lines, since he will already know and trust you. True, this is a danger to the health of the parrot. Such birds lose any fear, are not afraid to fly around the apartment, sit on the shoulder, arms, etc., but in this place they can serve in pots with hot water, fly in open gas ovens and find other ways to injure themselves. Therefore, you need to keep this in mind.
The first attempts of your bird to speak can be heard at the age of 3 – 6 months from birth. And more capable parrots can start a little earlier. By this age you need to find a common language with your bird.
Males have slightly more onomatopoeic abilities than females, but this does not mean that females cannot be trained. Also, the parrot will learn to speak faster if it is the only one in the house. In the case of pair keeping, the birds will be fun anyway, and they will have less time and desire to talk with you.
Who is the best teacher? Man or woman? – In women, the tone of the voice is more susceptible to parrots, or a children’s voice.
We teach a parrot to speak
And so, we figured out which parrots are more capable of onomatopoeia, and what are the conditions for further successful training. It is also important to know that it is necessary to teach conversation on a daily basis, better when the bird is a little hungry. A well-fed parrot will be less willing to repeat what you want from him. Remember that the result depends not only on the efforts and skills of the parrot, but also on your patience, aspiration and attitude to it! In the beginning, only one person should be engaged in training. When the first word is pronounced, you can join the rest of the family, but the main teacher should be alone.
Let’s start learning!
In the beginning we will try to learn not difficult words. Such as his name (for example, "Grisha"), a little later, "hello", "bye", "Grisha wants to eat."
It doesn’t matter if the parrot sits in a cage during class or on your arm or shoulder. If you opened the cage, but it doesn’t come out, let it be in the cage.
Put a cage near you, take the favorite food of your ward (we will stimulate the student to her). In the beginning we will learn a nickname. Your voice should not pronounce it too quickly and not too slowly, clearly and accurately. That’s why a female or children’s voice is better suited, because the male is usually more coarse, bass. The parrot must correctly perceive what they say to him. Repeat the nickname over and over again. They repeated – they gave us some goodies, but not all the time. When he starts trying to talk, feed him a little more often, as if praising him for his diligence.
The parrot is able to learn and confine words to certain circumstances. When you add food to the feeder, always tell him “Grisha wants to eat” or something like that, not difficult to pronounce. When you leave home, say “bye” to him, when you return, say “hello”. Thus, the bird will learn, and time words to actions. When the parrot gets hungry, he remembers the phrase “Grisha wants to eat” and remembers that he was poured food, and will try to pronounce it again. Similarly with other words.
Only then. When the parrot learns to speak these first not difficult words, it’s worth moving on to others, but also not to forget, constantly use the old ones, so as not to forget what you have learned. It will take a lot of time to learn the first word. About 3 months of regular classes can take place, as you hear something from him. Do not forget to repeat the past, use the words in normal communication with the parrot. Fix the results, only then proceed further.
Learning to Speak Using Audio
There is another additional method of teaching parrot conversation – I use the audio recording of your voice, what is the word.
If you don’t have enough time to study on your own, you can try in training a high-quality record with a player. But, it is important to consider that the sound must be very high quality, recorded through a good microphone. If there is no way to do this, it is better to do it yourself, because a bad drink will only confuse the parrot.
If you make a high-quality recording, perhaps remember that putting it to play is only an additional measure. The main training is with you. Parrots only occasionally memorize words on radio or television.
The voice in the recording should be as clear, the words should be repeated with small pauses, so that the parrot could figure them out.
Now you know how to teach a parrot to speak. The main thing is to be patient and persistent, everything will turn out!