How to teach Your Parrot to Talk

If there is one thing parrots are known for, it's their ability to mimic our speech.  Parrots are smart pets and "talking" is just one of the many attributes that sets them apart.  However, talking doesn't come naturally to all parrots.  Cockatiels and parakeets are not as likely to talk as other species.

If you do have a vocal parrot species (African Grey Parrots, Eclectus Parrots, Indian Ring-necked Parakeets, Macaws, etc.), these tips will help you encourage them to talk.

How to Teach Your Parrot to Talk:

1.  Associate Words with Actions - One of the best ways to reinforce learning is by associating words with things that your parrot wants.  You can name foods that you feed your parrot, for example.  Start teaching your pet the difference between and apple and an orange, or the difference between a seed and a nut.  

2.  Repeat Common Phrases - Repeat the same word or phrase every day for two weeks.  If your parrot isn't taking to the word/phrase, try something different.  Try different pronunciations.  Your parrot might learn words that you say more enthusiastically.

3. Listen Carefully - It can be hard to tell the difference between your parrot saying a new word or phrase or just chattering.  Pay attention and listen carefully.  You can even record your bird and slow it down to see if they are saying the words quickly.

If your looking to get your parrot to speak, visit our Mineola store for some positive reinforcement treats!  You can also call 516-746-3630 to see what we have in stock.

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