How To Teach A Bird To Talk – A TBD Guide
Did you always dream of having a pet who can talk to you? If you did, then what better pet than a bird; after all, they have been known to interact with humans. But even so, getting a bird, who talks, to talk is not easy. It requires patience and determination and certain levels of technique. Here is TBD's guide on how to teach a bird to talk.
A first thing first is understanding that not all birds can talk or rather mimic the sounds and words that you teach them. Only certain species of birds have that capability. Some species that can pick up human speech patterns are Parakeets, Cockatiels, African Greys, Amazons and Quaker Parrots, of which Parakeets are the fastest learners and can learn hundreds of words and phrases.
A tame, healthy and happy bird is most likely to learn to speak. As such, here are some things you need to keep in mind and do:
- Male birds are normally known to be more receptive to what you teach them than the females
- If you want your bird to speak, you must make them feel safe and loved
- Give them fresh water and food daily without fail
- Clean the cage daily and replace the perches as and when required
- Keep them out of harm's way; especially if you have other pets at home
- Interact with your bird on a daily basis and show them your love
- Keep only one bird in cage. If they have company, they won't pay attention to what you are trying to teach
Now that you have the basics sorted, let us see the steps by which you can teach your bird how to talk:
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- Every morning before you uncover your bird's cage, start talking to them. This way they will be able to concentrate on what you are saying without any distraction
- When you are trying to teach your bird to talk, cover three sides of the cage so that they can look and hear only you without being distracted by other things
- Keep the television, radio etc shut when training your bird. They will only serve as a distraction for them
- Start training them with a single simple word, preferably a mono-syllable word
- Take that word and constantly speak it aloud every time you pass by their cage, and also whilst feeding them, cleaning their cage and so on
- Make sure that when you speak, you are clear and audible. Also, speak slowly and don't hurry your words
- Reward the bird immediately once it says something you have been teaching it. The reward can either be a treat or a simple "That's a good bird"
- Form a daily routine in terms of the time when you sit to train them. Also, saying a goodnight or good morning daily will benefit their training. Birds love consistency, so make sure you provide them with it
- REMEMBER – Neither you nor anyone else should speak bad words or abuse around the bird, for they might pick it up and soon you will hear your bird saying "F*** You!" all the time.
In the end, nothing will help if you cannot keep yourself calm and patient. If you really want your bird to talk, know that it might take a while, so don't lose heart and keep trying.