Tips on Teaching Your Parrot to Talk
To have the most succes in teaching a parrot to talk, one must begin as early as possible. Juat as it is easier for a younger child to learn a language than an adult, so is it for parrots. As young parrots who just left the nest, bonding will be easier, and you need to bond with your bird in order to be able to teach him anything.
Where does one begin? The bird must first feel safe and secure. Once the bonding has occurred, the process may begin. Just remember, patience is of the utmost importance.
It is a good idea to have the bird out of its cage. The parrot should be perched on your arm or hand. Try twice a day at first, with a simple phrase. “Good baby,” “good morning,” “pretty bird,” are just a few ideas. Limit the “lesson” to about 10 minutes. The bird may just make bird noises at first and that is ok. Tell him how good he is. Give him a treat now and then. If you are familiar with birds, you know they make the most noise in the morning, so this would be a good time of day to start.
Make sure there are no distractions…no tv or radio. It should be just you and the bird. Birds listen to how you say words, how expressive you are, so the more expressive, the better. Repeat what you say. Be loud and clear. Repeat and repeat. Identify objects. Show him a peanut and say peanut repetitively. Talk often to your parrot.
It may take some time for the first word or two, but once he gets it, there will be no stopping him.