Parrots can be easily trained to talk. Read on to know how to train a parrot to talk.

How To Train A Parrot To Talk

When you pick a parrot from a breeder, you not only get a pet bird for you but also a companion. Parrots are adorable and cute. They are one of the best imitators and their sweet voice can fill you with happiness. If you think only professional trainers can teach your bird to talk, then you could not be more wrong. Parrots pick words from their surroundings. It is very easy to teach them to talk and you don’t have to be a degree holder for that. You just need a lot of patience and loads of love for your bird. Explore the following pointers to know the tips for training a parrot to talk.
Tips for Training A Parrot To Talk
  • When you are buying a bird, choose a bird who is inquisitive by nature and which seems alert and interested in the happenings around it. Pick a parrot when it is young as it is easier to teach a young parrot.
  • Start teaching your parrot to talk right from when you bring it to your home. They may not be able to imitate your sound when they are small but they will get familiarized with the words and that will help them to learn fast afterwards.
  • Hold your parrot in front of your mouth so that it is able to catch your words and see you properly.
  • Choose the right time for training your bird. Choose the time when your parrot is happy. Morning time is a good option as there won’t be many things to distract it.
  • Repeat consistently. It takes a lot of patience and loads of repetition when it comes to teaching your parrot to talk. Repeat your words several times a day while you are teaching it to talk.
  • Repeat the words several times to help the bird relate it with action. For example if you are taking the bird up, articulate the word "up" and when you take it down repeat the word "down" several times. This will help the bird correlate the action with the word and it may make it easier for it to understand.
  • Consider teaching your parrot words which relate to the time of the day. For instance, teach it "good morning' in the morning time and "good night" before letting your parrot retire for sleep.
  • You can also play recordings of the words you want it to learn. Don’t exceed for longer period as it might be boring for it and it even may even start to dislike the word.
  • Some parrot experts believe that parrot should be taught words before whistling, as they believe it can interfere with the learning process.
  • Also, don’t bombard your parrot with so many words at a time. Teach it one word at a time and only after it has learnt it then proceed to other words.
  • Don’t let everyone teach your bird. Different sounds may make it confused. You could use the tape from time to time however be a sole tutor to your bird.
  • Remember that a healthy and happy parrot learns fast. So, keep your parrot healthy and its cage clean and enjoy being with your bird to let it enjoy being with you.       
  • Remember that different birds learn differently and you need to give it time to learn. Don’t get frustrated and keep teaching it.
  • Give your bird a name with a monosyllable as it will help it learn and articulate its own name. If your bird has picked some of the wrong words, just ignore it when it is uttering those words.
  • It is believed that birds learn more easily from women. This may be because of the naturally soft voice of women.
  • Treat your bird whenever it is able to utter a word, which you taught it. This will encourage it to learn faster and learn more words.

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