How to teach a parrot to talk
To teach your parrot to talk – the cherished dream of many owners of these birds. Talking parrot is a delight and affection, especially when guests gather in the house. How to teach a parrot to talk?
The most "talkative" species of parrots - this is Jaco, Amazon, Ara, Cockatoo. "Ordinary" wavy parrots, so popular with us, are also capable of "talking", but to a much lesser extent. Male parrots are usually easier to learn conversation than females, but females pronounce words more clearly.
So, if You want to teach a parrot to talk, start training it is necessary not later than in 2-3 months of age. Birds older are no longer so receptive to learning.
To teach the parrot to talk should be one and the same person - the one that the bird trusts. Therefore, before you start learning the parrot you need to tame, ie, it should be calm in your presence, do not be afraid of your hands and sit quietly on your arm or shoulder.
By the way, parrots best remember the speech of women and children - it is easier for them to reproduce the high timbre of a female or a child's voice.
The lessons of "conversation" should take place only when the parrot is quiet. It should not be distracted by anything: no clink of dishes, no noise from the TV or a working vacuum cleaner. If there are several parrots in the house, then it is unlikely that they will be able to teach them, since they will always distract each other.
Lessons should be taught regularly and systematically. You need to deal with every day several times a day. For example, in the morning, before feeding, to give a lesson of 10-15 minutes a day's lesson should last 30-40 minutes and in the evening you can also conduct a lesson lasting about 15 minutes.
To start training you only need simple words. Usually the first word that the parrot starts to reproduce is his nickname. Parrot "vowels" "o" and "a" are well given, as well as consonants "p", "t", "k" and "n," sibilant "w" and "h". Therefore, it is preferable to use exactly these sounds in the parrot nickname.
As you learn more and more new words, do not forget about repeating old ones, otherwise the bird will simply forget them. Recall that the parrots only imitate the speech of a person, absolutely not having an idea of the meaning of certain words. Therefore, "parrots" say different words or phrases are completely out of place.
If You want the bird to respond to certain actions. for example, I told you "Hello!" on your return home or "Eat!" when you feed her, you should gradually develop a conditioned reflex in the parrot.
So, when coming home, say in a distinct, even voice, "Hello!" And at the end of the lesson, give the bird a treat. Gradually, the bird will connect the phrase "Hello!" With your return.
When training a parrot not to scream. you can not insult him (otherwise he will learn the insult and will repeat it without stopping). Some parrot owners recommend covering the cage with a blanket for the duration of the lesson, but the effectiveness of this approach is not confirmed. Rather, on the contrary, under the veil, you can not see the reaction of the bird: how concentrated is its attention?
To include a tape recording to teach parrot to talk? This question is particularly concerned about those owners of parrots that cannot have enough time to devote to personal contact. To use recorded speech instead of live, but must comply with several conditions.
First, it's better to use the record when the parrot already knows at least a few words, and, secondly, even having included the record, you still need to stay in the room with the parrot. If a parrot gets used to "talking" in an empty room, then you will not "pull out" a word from it in your presence.
Prepare to training a parrot to talk is a long process. Depending on their abilities, the parrot can learn 10 words or phrases, maybe 100-200. Most importantly, remember that a considerate and friendly attitude to the parrot, taking care of him is much more important and valuable things. Be patient and Your parrot will reward You with sincere friendship and love!