Parakeets are one of the most vibrant and lively bird species. It might fascinate you to know that they can also talk if taught and trained properly.
Precisely speaking, these budgies cannot actually talk, owing to the absence of vocal cords. They merely mimic the sounds that they hear around them, be it of their flock chirping around or human parents talking.
How to Teach Parakeets to Talk?
Parakeets are naturally vocal and social creatures. Their vocal abilities can be used for our delight, by training them how to talk or speak short phrases.
The easiest birds to train are hand-raised, young, and of the male gender.
It can be time-consuming and a difficult process, but can definitely be thrilling.
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Age and Gender
Brains are more receptive and flexible at a young age. Therefore, invest in a young parakeet while it’s still developing its communication skills. Males are generally more likely to learn how to speak much faster and easier, as compared to their female counterparts. This may be because they need to draw the attention of females due to reproductive reasons. Thus, it’ll be a good idea to devote your time and energy to teaching a young male rather than a young female.
The location—and type of cage you keep your bird in—plays an important role in its bonding with you, and how long it takes for the bird to learn new words.
The cage should be big enough and placed where the bird can socialize and connect with the owners daily. Also, keep a limited amount of budgies, as it will then communicate more with other birds, instead of communicating with you.
Time of the Day
It is a well-known fact that humans’ brains work the best in the morning—the case is the same with birds. Your feathery fellow will learn best in the morning after having a good sleep and meal. Satiety makes minds more receptive. Furthermore, parakeets are much more alert in the morning.
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Creating a trustworthy and affectionate bond with your pet bird is equally important for it to memorize new words. Parakeets are warm and friendly birds. To learn a new language they must feel the need to communicate with you—and for this, you must build a friendly relationship with it. Give it ample amount of time in a day—talking, singing, providing it toys to play with. You can also let it out of its cage, once it’s comfortable with you.
Use Simple Words
Although Parakeets are intelligent and inquisitive birds, human language is not their innate language. For them, a human talking and the doorbell ringing are merely two different sounds in the environment. They don’t talk, but simply mimic or imitate.
Budgies are good with the consonants D, T, K, P, and B. It would be convenient and admirable to teach your bird its name first. But for that, you must choose a simple name like Kirby, Belle, Roy, Pixie, Tony.
Speak slowly and clearly to your bird, repeating the same word that you want it to learn again and again. Do not jump to another word as soon as your budgie learns the previous; keep repeating the word for a few days. After all, practice makes one perfect.
Parakeets cannot mimic long sentences like “hi, how are you?”, thus it’s better to stick to simple words.
Include your bird in your daily conversations like other family members. Greet it in the morning and while leaving. Eventually, they’ll start saying the words you used often.
Repetition and Consistency
Consistency and repetition is the key when learning new things. The same goes for when you’re teaching your feathery friend how to talk. Speak to it regularly and at the same time each day. Be patient with them and never scold or punish them to avoid scaring them off. Move on to the next word only when it has learned the previous one. Some parakeets can learn how to speak in two months, some in six months. However, it becomes much easier to teach them once it has learned a few words.
After your bird learns how to say words, you can move forward in teaching them the name of objects. Simply hold the object and say its name. For example, while giving them food, you can use the word “yum-yum.” This will help them recognize and associate this word with food.
To help condition your budgie, reward it with its favorite treat like-celery, carrots, and millet sprays-whenever it says the word you’re teaching it. This will cause positive reinforcement and make your pet associate this behavior with a favorable response. Complimenting your bird with words like “sweet” and “good” will also reassure it that it’s doing a good job at learning.
Cover the sides of your bird’s cage with a cloth during its lessons so it can focus. Stand in front of the cage and face your budgie directly while teaching so it knows you’re talking to it. Also, limit your training sessions to half an hour to avoid stressing or boring your bird.
To summarizing, parakeets can learn how to talk. Nevertheless, patience and repetition will be a substantial part of your teaching journey. Thus, if you’re deciding on keeping parakeets as pets do not think twice. These birds will make your home considerably enjoyable, as they add colors and beautiful sounds to your surroundings.
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