A parrot is one of the funniest and most charming pets you can have. Thanks to the ease they have in learning and repeating different words and phrases, they are excellent company and offer a great opportunity to interact with them while training them. However, they also require a lot of care and special attention if you want them to respond to you and talk to you. Here are some tips to teach the parrot to talk:

Steps to follow:

1. Patience. Not all parrots learn to speak with the same ease. Not all  parrots learn to speak – at all! This does not depend so much on the intelligence of the animal as on its character, and also on the treatment it is given, and how comfortable it is in your home.

2. The first thing you should find out when acquiring a parrot, especially if it is already an adult, is if it has previously had an owner to teach it. If so, it is useful to know what techniques were used so as not to confuse the animal. Otherwise or if the parrot is still young, much better, since it will get used to interacting with you.

3. Second, you need to provide it with a nice space. This is achieved with a good size cage, where it has the possibility to move. (see this article on Cage Size) Get him used to one type of food early, but share a bit of what humans eat. In the BirdKeepers Store you can find everything you need to make them feel at home.

4. You must place the cage in a busy place in the house to get used to people and at a height where it can be considered as another member of the group. That is, more or less at the level of your face, neither too high nor too low, this will make it easier for him to learn to speak and you will have to make less effort to teach him.

5. Spend at least 15 minutes twice a day teaching him to speak. Start with short and easy words, like “hello”, then repeat your own name or the bird’s. If you try to teach him long or difficult sentences, you will only confuse him and make learning more difficult. Give a reward every time he tries to do what you are asking of him.

6. It is important to make him feel like a member of the household. Treat him lovingly and not as an accessory. Birds are very intelligent and can feel uncomfortable and sad if only sought out for entertainment. Even if he doesn’t talk –  you can develop a special bond with your parrot, that will last for years to come.

7. Finally, we will add that it is a good idea to feed the parrot by hand on the occasions when you want to give them a reward. Of course, they respond favorably to these stimuli, they will feel comfortable and will want to talk to you frequently.

*Talking for some birds is only sounds, more like a whistle or chirp. But you can learn what your bird means by its special language.

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