Training A Parrot To Talk

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of owning these beautiful birds is teaching them to converse.”

Training a parrot to communicate is a lot of fun, and you’ll get to know your bird better as a result.


Some parrot species are much more capable of learning to communicate than others. As a result, if you want to maintain a parrot for its talking talents, you must be extremely selective about the kind of parrot you keep. Of all, we feel that parrots have so many other desirable attributes that their speaking ability will likely rank second to their other attractive characteristics.

Parrot Species

The first thing to keep in mind if you want to learn your parrot to communicate is that smaller breeds are less adept at talking than bigger species. Smaller parrots take far longer to learn to communicate, and when they do, the sentences they acquire are sometimes difficult to comprehend. The following parrot species are not well recognised for their ability to communicate:

  • Parakeets
  • Ringnecks
  • Alexandrine
  • Plumhaeds
  • Cockatiels
  • Conures
  • Loikeets
  • Lovebirds

These parrots will not, on average, have strong communication skills.

African Grey Parrots have the strongest potential to learn to speak, according to scientists. It is extremely simple to educate an African Grey Parrot to speak, so if this is your objective, this parrot would be ideal.

Scientists have determined that the New World Amazon parrots with the finest talking ability are Yellow Napes, Blue Fronts, and Double Yellowheads. It is advisable to begin exposing these parrots to speech as early as possible in order to teach them to speak. Macaws are pretty competent at learning to communicate, although they have fairly loud, aggressive voices and a restricted vocabulary. Cockatoos have a similar restricted vocabulary like Macaws, although their voices are quieter.

Parrot Temperament

It is critical to have the correct attitude while teaching a parrot to communicate. Parrots that are not afraid or frightened learn to speak the fastest. Some parrot keepers believe that less sociable parrots, such as those who bite, are better at learning to communicate!

Baby Parrots

Some writers recommend getting a newborn parrot that is still being hand fed since they are simpler to train to speak. However, investigations have shown that this is false and that it is just as simple to educate a non-handfed parrot to communicate. Unless you are an expert, you should never purchase unweaned birds.

In the next part, we will explore the best approach to prepare the atmosphere for teaching your parrot to communicate, as well as other elements that will influence how quickly your parrot learns to talk.

Preparation One

If your family has regular family dinners, you might think about using this strategy. Keeping your parrot in the kitchen at meal times exposes it to a lot of discussion, and the comfortable environment in the kitchen is critical to your parrot’s success in acquiring phrases and words. Parrots who are relaxed learn to speak far faster than parrots that are anxious or worried about other environmental elements. Additionally, the odours of food in the kitchen can calm your parrot, making it more likely to notice what is going on around him. As long as you and your family feel at ease in the kitchen, your parrot should be as well. A few weeks in this atmosphere will have your parrot ready for speech therapy.

Preparation Two

Allowing your parrot to interact with humans is essential for teaching it to communicate. Parrots in the wild learn their calls from other parrots in their group. Humans are their flock in captivity. Only by being exposed to their “human flock” on a regular basis can your parrot learn to communicate.

Preparation Three

Regardless of the “flock dynamics” at work when wild parrots are learning to call, it is often preferable in captivity to teach a parrot to communicate one-on-one. It becomes considerably more difficult if there are parrots or other people in the vicinity. During the training stage, it is great if your parrot is the focus of attention.

Preparation Four

It is essential that your parrot has enough nourishment (whether you want to learn your parrot to speak or not) in order to effectively teach your parrot to speak. Good nutrition results in a happy parrot that is more aware of its surroundings and takes in more of its surroundings. This is critical if you want a happy parrot. If your parrot primarily eats seeds (which have little nutritional value), now is the time to switch to a pellet diet.

Preparation Five

• Turn off any televisions, radios, and other devices that might divert your parrot’s attention away from you. • Find a spot that is completely quiet.
• Try to educate your parrot to communicate in an area with plenty of sunshine.

Training Process One

Begin exercise either early in the morning or late at night. During these periods, parrots are in “learning mode,” according to scientific evidence. It has been proposed that this is because in the wild, this is when parrots assemble with other birds to feed. This is when parrots are most nosy!

The key to teaching your parrot to communicate is positive reinforcement. Clicker training and feeding your parrot (healthy) treats are two methods. Parrots very rapidly understand what they have to do in order to collect their “rewards”. This is essential for effective training. You will also discover that after you have taught your parrot to do some things, teaching it to do other things will become simpler since it will grasp the “reward process”.

The first step

Find a pretty simple thing with a simple name. “Paper” is a nice place to start.

the second step

Declare the word “paper” loudly and clearly.

the third step

Every 10 seconds, repeat the word paper until your parrot makes a noise.

4th step

Reward the parrot as soon as it produces a noise that sounds like “paper.”

5th Step

Repeat the word paper and praise your parrot each time it comes closer to uttering it. Make careful not to praise your parrot if it produces sounds that are less like paper than before.

The first words your parrot will learn will be the most challenging. Once your parrot understands the training method, it will easily learn new words. The key goal is to achieve as much uniformity as possible throughout the training process.

Other words to try include:

  • Grape
  • Box
  • Carrot
  • Water
  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • etc

Teaching your parrot to communicate should be a positive and enjoyable experience for both you and your parrot. The challenge of learning to talk will be very beneficial to your parrot. Parrots have a high level of intelligence and need constant intellectual stimulation to keep them happy. Patience and consistency are essential while teaching your parrot to talk.

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