A few of our simple tips for training a parrot to speak.

1. Know when your bird is receptive to learning new words, which is not when it wants to eat, sleep, play, or when it wants to be left alone. Basically, create a proper training environment. A time when your parrot is in a heightened emotional state is a good time to start to introduce simple words like: Hello, Good Morning, Whatta You Doing, or Pretty Bird. An opportunity may be when you come home and your bird is so excited to see you and wants to engage and be noticed. Positive reinforcement, albeit a favorite treat or a gentle pat on the head, is always a good idea. Keep the training sessions short and when your bird loses interest, stop.

2. It often is important to try to match your voice tone to their voice tone for ease of learning. Repetition is the key element in training a parrot to talk. Be mindful of what you say, as they are always listening and may mimic things you may not want them to repeat.

3. Not unlike the concept of, “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten,” your parrot will learn new words very quickly by being with other great talking birds, its peers.

4. Remember, just like every person is different in their capabilities, every bird is different as well. So, relax and have fun connecting and communicating with your feathered friend.

To view Casper speaking with D. J., click on the video below.

Do you have any tips to share that you’ve used in training your parrot to speak?


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