Some species of birds have an amazing talent for vocalizations. If you have one of these species, you might feel eager to teach it to talk but not know how to get started. Read here to learning how to teach your bird to vocalize and pick up words.
The first step to teaching your bird to talk is to bond with your feathered friend and form reasonable expectations of it.
Not all bird species can talk, and even those that have the ability sometimes choose not to use it. To determine if your bird is a good candidate for speech training, do a bit of research on your pet’s species.
The best way to encourage birds to speak is to choose a few short words for them to start off with. Examples of good starter words include “hello,” “bye-bye,” “nite-nite,” or even your bird’s own name.
Simple words, when said with enthusiasm, seem to become more interesting to most parrots. Make sure that when you speak to your bird, you do so in a happy, positive tone.
Once you have locked onto a word that your feathered friend is interested in, repeat the word to it as often as you possibly can.
Parrots learn to mimic through repetition—so saying the word over and over again is the only way to encourage your bird to say it back.
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The fastest way to encourage a bird to talk is to set up a training routine and work with it every day. Even this method, however, is not entirely guaranteed to work. While some birds pick up on human speech quite readily, some birds take months or even years to say their first word.
Some will never talk at all—even owners that work with their pets diligently sometimes end up with a bird that won’t say a word.
If you feel like your bird is taking too long with his speech training, try teaching something a little bit easier, such as whistling. Many birds find whistling much easier than mimicking speech, and some may be more willing to give it a try for this reason.
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