Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

The Talking Bird

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

A parrot’s life in captivity always carries with it a certain degree of stress. However, loving and compassionate parrot owners understand this and they act in such a way as to eliminate as much as stress from their captive parrots lives as possible.

The first most important thing that such parrot owners do is to create a calming environment for their parrot. An environment that is quiet and peaceful, and in which parrots feel genuinely safe, will go a long way in maintaining the health and wellbeing of parrots.

Parrots that are kept indoors in cages are often startled by household members and pets walking past their cage, loud television or radio noises, yelling children, barking dogs, and even by seeing birds flying past a window outside.

The easiest way to circumvent all of this is to choose a location for your parrot’s cage that is away from any areas of your home that experiences high traffic, such as a hallway or kitchen. In addition, the ideal cage location should also be away from open windows, as well as loud televisions, radios and other noisy electronic equipment. However, a great quiet spot for your parrot’s
cage should also be near where you will be spending most of your time so that your parrot does not feel alone.

Your parrot might take up screaming to get your attention if you spend most of your time in another room and your parrot can’t see you. Remember, parrots are flock creatures and need to be with their flock – be it human or feathered. If the only ideal location is still in a spot that gets quite a bit of foot traffic, simply place a blanket or towel over three sides of the cage so that your parrot has limited view and will feel more secure.

Another wonderful tip for creating a calming parrot environment is to play soft music for a few minutes before bed, or before and after any training sessions. Try to stick to the same melody. Soon your parrot will be able to associate the serene music with feelings of calmness and peace. A calm parrot is a more trainable parrot! Likewise a calm parrot is overall a much happier parrot!

The added benefit of this is that if you find your parrot becomes nervous or agitated during the day, then all you will need to do is play the chosen melody and it should have a calming effect on your parrot that is immediate.

The Talking Bird

Birds love to talk!

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Teaching your bird to talk isn’t always as complicated as you might think. The primary reason is that birds are actually naturally quite chatty, and they enjoy making noise to communicate. In the wild the talking is a way to communicate with other members of the flock. This is especially true of mothers with their young. The babies learn to identify their mother through her vocalizations.

Your bird, even in captivity, is still very much the same wild bird, and he will still want to try and vocalize with you. Especially with parrots, it’s this talking (and screaming) that often gets them in trouble with owners, and it’s also one of the common reasons a parrot may be rehomed.

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Look at your bird’s natural abilities

Rather than think of lots of talking as a negative, why not think of the potential for these birds to learn how to talk in a good way?

Each bird species has different talking abilities. You have to work with the bird you have to best bring out their potential. Some bird types, like parrots and African Greys, excel at mimicking words and can develop very large vocabularies. Other bird types, like cockatiels, can learn words, but they often excel at learning to whistle tunes. If you work with the strengths of your particular bird you can really train him to communicate in a vibrant way!

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Utilizing professional training tips

How do you know what works best for your bird? Bird Tricks is one way to figure out the best way to train your bird to talk. The Bird Tricks bird professionals know all of the tips, tricks, and even maybe a secret or two on the best way to get your bird to talk. They can share how to bring out the best in your bird!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Ouch! Bird Bites Hurt

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Ouch! Bird Bites Hurt

Just how powerful can a bird bite be?

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Anyone that has been bitten by their pet bird knows that any bird bite hurts. It doesn’t really matter what the size of the bird is, but there are differences in the severity of the bite based on the bird.

Larger birds like parrots can have tremendously painful bites. While there is no distinct test on the pressure of a parrot’s bite, it is often considered about as powerful as a large dog at somewhere between 500-700 pounds per square inch. Birds’ beaks, like the parrot, are built for puncturing whether that’s human flesh or a nut.

Bite inhibition also plays a role in how powerful a bird’s bite will be. Some birds are better at inhibiting the pressure of their bite, even when frightened. Other birds have little inhibition and will apply a high level of pressure.

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Why birds bite

There are many reasons why your bird might bite. Biting is a natural reaction because even though birds are our pets, they are still wild. Understanding the primary causes for biting behavior help you to avoid or correct the issue.

The most common reason your bird will bite is out of fear. He might even bite you when he’s in a fearful situation such as at the vet’s office. Biting out of fear is a common go-to reaction for many birds. It is often aimed at strangers (visitors to your home).

Another cause of biting is possessiveness or territorial aggression. The bird may choose to be possessive over his cage, stand, or even you! That means that when someone approaches whatever he is being possessive over he may bite them.

A cranky or ill-feeling bird may also bite. He may not want to be touched, moved, or bothered, and he simply responds with biting. Birds only have beaks and biting as a way to protect themselves or express their moods.

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Working with the biting bird

Some biting issues are easier to resolve than others. For example, if a bird is wary of a new person to the home, you can make that person a much more wonderful thing by having the person offer special food items to the bird. If the bird learns that this new person is the only one with something special, the person quickly becomes a less scary thing!

Other issues are harder to work with such as a hormonal bird. Hormones are a funny thing, and they affect every bird differently, but biting is one of the more common problems associated with hormonal changes in your bird. Various techniques can help you avoid being bitten even during this time.

You want to learn your individual bird too. All birds give off body language and signals that biting may be coming soon, so learning these signals is really important for training.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Tips for a Trained Bird

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Adopting a parrot that has been previously owned by someone else can be scary. After all, it is probably safe to assume that there will be some issues, but you are not aware of what these issues are upfront. Listed below is a few suggestions in effectively training your second hand parrot.

1. Before you agree to the adoption, do as much digging as you can about the parrot’s past. Speak with his previous owners. Get them to tell you in their own words, exactly what the parrot’s personality is like. Ask them if the parrot has any habits or likes certain things done a certain way. Obtain the parrot’s veterinarian contact information and give them a call too. Ask the vet about the parrot’s general health. Finding out as much about the parrot beforehand will help you step into second hand parrot ownership more easily.

2. The very first thing you need to be aware of is that undoubtedly, your new parrot will come with plenty of old baggage. It will be your job to figure out what that baggage is, and then help your parrot to release that baggage. This means that, in the beginning, it may take your parrot a few weeks before he feels comfortable enough to trust you. Always move slowly and carefully around your second hand parrot. If you move too fast you may scare him and set back his trust.

3. Regardless of his history, and how we was treated, or mistreated, at his former home, you will need to show your second hand parrot that his new home with you will be much better and very different. Try to see things from his bird’s eye view: he’s just been placed in a second home (maybe even for the third or fourth time), he’s around new people, he has new fun toys, a new and improved diet, and maybe even a new cage.

4. If the parrot’s old cage is rusty, broken, or too small for him to realistically hold out both of his wings and turn around in the cage without either of the wings touching the sides of the cage – then his cage is too small and you must replace it immediately. Always buy the biggest cage you can afford. Start his new life with you on the right track by outfitting his new cage with new toys that will help him forage, have fun on his own, and stimulate his mind.

5. Your second hand parrot may not want to, or be used to, being touched by people. This means he may not know how to respond appropriately to the Step Up command. Use a dowel rod to train him this command and eventually work up to gently petting his head and back. The more you interact with him, the quicker he will learn to trust you. Remember that your second hand parrot will tire easily at first. So be prepared in the beggining to keep any interactions and training sessions short and sweet so that he can get plenty of rest. As your parrot starts to trust you more, you can slowly start to increase the training sessions.

Tips for a Trained Bird

How smart are birds?

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Birds, especially parrots and birds like crows and ravens, are really intelligent. Many birds mimic our speech and sounds fairly well, but this isn’t accepted as true intelligence. Understanding a word and being able to associate it with the meaning of the word shows higher intelligence, and it’s generally considered that some birds, like African Greys, are capable of this task.

According to Audubon, scientists now think that crows are as smart as the average 7 year old child. How’s that for a smart bird? Researchers use an 8 step test to help determine how a bird is thinking. Many of the tasks require a bird to figure out how to get a piece of food. For example, can he determine which color of string is attached to the piece of food and pull the right one when there are two choices of string? These tests help determine reasoning and problem solving skills.

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Utilizing your bird’s intelligence

There are many ways to train a bird, but one of the easiest ways capitalizes on his intelligence. It’s called rewarding him for doing good behaviors you like so that he figures out what behaviors work best. Do you like it more when he is quiet? Try providing attention to him when he is being quiet all on his own rather than getting upset and even yelling when he is screaming.

You can also use other methods commonly used in other forms of animal training such as the use of a clicker. Lure training can also be used. This is when you use a piece of food to encourage him into the right behavior until he learns what you’re asking him to do.

Read more about what ways to train your bird

Professional bird training

There are a lot of tips to make training your bird easier. Someone with years of experience knows the best tips to save you a lot of time and possible frustration. The bird professionals at Bird Tricks have spent years learning what works and doesn’t for things like correcting behavioral problems but also for training tricks.

This information can be quickly accessed through videos and articles to help you start out the right way with training your bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Easy Way to a Talkative Bird

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

If you own a parrot, or are thinking of owning a parrot, you’ve most likely thought about whether or not your parrot is a talker. You’re not alone on this. Nearly every parrot parent at one time or another wanted a talking parrot. Who doesn’t love listening to a talking parrot?

Here are a few clues to look out for when determining whether your parrot will be a good talker:

  • Your parrot is inquisitive
  • Your parrot gets really excited whenever you or other members of your household come home
  • Your parrot knows a few basic commands, like ‘Step Up’
  • Your parrot seems to listen intently to you when you speak to him
  • Your parrot sings or chatters on his own
  • Your parrot loves listening to the radio or television
  • Your parrot is a social butterfly

If your parrot does any of these, then you have a parrot that has the perfect aptitude to talk. All you have to do is train him to talk the right way.

Teaching a parrot to talk is very simple. Just make sure that you have a lot of patience and are in a calm state of mind before you begin. Here are a few tips on how to teach your parrot to talk:

Create a definite training schedule by setting aside at least 30 minutes every day where you and your parrot will be able to have some one-on-one time together.

Introduce a word to your parrot by pronouncing it clearly. Repeat this word a few times by speaking aloud to your parrot.

Try to use your chosen word in an everyday sentence when talking to your parrot. This will help your parrot to hear the vowels and be accustomed to hearing the sound that the word makes.

Start a conversation with your parrot – even if it is one-sided, it will still help the training efforts.

As soon as your parrot mimics the word back to you, give him lots of praise and even a nice treat. Always reward your parrot for trying.

Never reprimand your parrot if he gets a word wrong. Each parrot is an individual and will learn only at their own pace.

The Easy Way to a Talkative Bird

Talking is natural for birds

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Different types of vocalizations are quite natural for the average bird. In the wild bird, different calls are specific to flocks and used as ways to communicate specific things amongst the group. Our pet birds attempt to use vocalizations in a similar way except the humans in the family are the flock.

It’s this natural desire to communicate and vocalize that makes many birds like cockatiels and parrots excellent choices for speech training. Not all species of birds can or will readily speak defined words, but many species, such as parrots like African Greys, are actually quite adept at learning and reproducing speech.

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Starting your training

Teaching your bird to speak is part of the overall training package. You want to develop a relationship with your bird and training him and spending time with him is the cornerstone of that process. A bird that is bonded to you more closely relates to you as a flock member and trusts you. He will want to communicate with you.

You need to set realistic goals for yourself and your bird. Too much training or too much repetition (repeating the same words over and over and over ….) will not lead to your bird having the highest vocabulary around. It may actually be counterproductive. You should strive to work with your bird for only 5-15 minutes at a time so that he stays focused and enjoys the process.

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An innovative system

There are lots of ways to train a bird, and not all of these methods will be successful. This is how many people end up really frustrated with a bird that only whistles or says hello. It’s possible that the training just hasn’t been right….until now. The Real Speech training system is a complete training package that is innovative in its methods. Not only does it identify what will actually work for you, but it uses other birds to help out. What?!?

Yes, real birds. The innovator behind the Real Speech system figured out other birds can actually increase the odds of your bird learning new vocabulary. Birds seem to learn faster when another bird repeats a word as a way to try to communicate with the bird. The Reel Speech training system capitalizes on this trait as just one integral part of the system. You’ve got to see for yourself!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Secret to Parrot Training

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

The Secret to Parrot Training

The curious things about birds

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Everyone wants to do the right thing with their parrot to keep them healthy and happy. Parrots are intelligent, curious, social creatures who live a long time. Their requirements are very different than a dog, cat, or other type of pet. There are many curious things about birds:

They are vocal. Everyone knows that parrots tend to talk, but they also make a lot of other vocalizations like whistling or even screaming. Birds identify and speak with members of their flock via vocalizations learned when just a baby bird. We can affect how much a bird talks or screams by what we do or how we interact with them.

They live decades. Birds often outlive their owners, but even an animal with such a long lifespan can be very sensitive to other factors. They can fall ill easily without proper hygiene, nutrition, or exposure to bad things for birds in the environment. Their curiosity can lead them to chew on or ingest items they should never be exposed to. If only given seed for their diet the parrot may become nutritionally deficient and fail to thrive.

They are very intelligent. Intelligence is fun to work with in training any type of animal, but it also creates challenges. An intelligent animal needs things to do and problems to solve. That means spending time training your bird (or he might train you) and giving your bird things to do such as appropriate toy play, interactive toys, etc. It also means bird proofing your home so that he doesn’t let his curiosity get him into sticky and dangerous situations.

They like to bond tightly to someone. Birds are affectionate and bond strongly to people. Typically, to one person. While this can be very sweet it can also be challenging as your bird demands your attention or tries to run off other people using aggression. Your parrot may not want to share your time or affections with another human!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Squawking Parrot

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Unless you are a brand new parrot owner, you probably already know that parrots can be quite vocal at times. And most parrot owners are fine with a little sound, but will all agree that dealing with noisy parrots can be very hard.

Unfortunately parrots are, by nature, noisy. Just listen to the birds that are sitting in the tree in your backyard right now. Birds use vocalizations to communicate with each in the wild; and they continue to attempt to communicate by vocalizing in captivity too. By our own natural design, we humans have a natural inclination to attempt to quiet our pets, be they dogs or parrots. We desperately need to understand that animals kept in captivity, like dogs and parrots, are going to bark and screech to some extent. These are healthy and normal vocalizations.

Even though parrots are natural screamers, some parrots have more of a tendency to be vocal than others. For example, parrots of the Conure family are renowned for packing a loud punch in their tiny little bodies, whereas African Greys prefer to mimic the sounds in their environment. So if you don’t mind noisy parrots, then choose a Jenday Conure to join your family.

Remember that just because a screeching parrot is annoying, those screeches may not necessarily be classified as excessive screaming. Parrot Behaviorists believe that excessive screaming is defined as a parrot that screams non-stop for hours at a time, especially when there is no apparent reason for the screaming.

As humans it is or natural inclination to react whenever we hear a baby cry, a dog bark, or even our parrot’s screams, by attempting to console them by interacting with them. The problem with this is that if we respond to every scream our parrots make, we will be unable to distinguish between the types of screams, and we will, inevitably, be rewarding our parrots for screaming. Such reward results in more screams. Try to avoid this common mistake.

Instead, refrain from giving your parrot any attention until he has quietened down. Even parrots that are in the bad habit of excessively screaming will take a short break amidst the screaming, and this provides a perfect opportunity for you to interact with your parrot, rewarding him for his silence.

The best advice, however, is to learn to distinguish between your parrots screams. If they are screams for attention, the best thing you can do is ignore your parrot. But if the screams signify that your parrot is hurt or scared, then you need to react immediately.

The Squawking Parrot

Believe it or not, screaming is normal

While not the most enjoyable part of living with a parrot, some level of screaming is likely to come along too. Parrots and most birds in general are vocal creatures. A wide variety of vocalizations are used for a lot of different purposes. It helps to understand the reasons behind why your bird is talking so much in order to help modify the behavior.

But, the first step in any training plan is to know that what your bird is doing is natural to him. You will have to accept some vocalizing from your parrot and be okay with that. Any excessive screaming or vocalizations can be modified in training.

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What you should and shouldn’t do

A good majority of screaming is done to communicate with the humans in the parrot’s life. It can be used to get your attention or have you return to him. It’s best to avoid getting upset with your bird, yelling at him, or any other types of punishment. This type of reaction may actually further upset your bird. Screaming can also be used when a bird feels frightened or threatened, so threatening behavior may increase his screaming rather than reverse it. It’s also possible that he may get louder if you yell because he thinks you are squawking in unison with him.

It’s best to reward the behavior you want to see the most. That means only paying attention to him or returning to him when he is quieter. If you use a clicker you can also click when you see appropriate behavior and reward him for those more quiet moments. It can also be used to help if the
bird screams out of fear by helping to desensitize the bird to whatever or whoever is upsetting him and creating a new positive association.

Another thing to keep in mind, particularly if your parrot is screaming for attention, is to really make sure that you enrich the environment that the bird is living in. Birds are so very curious and intelligent that they need activities to help keep them busy. Puzzles and food toys are just one way to enrich the environment, but also active training helps too.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Stop the Biting

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Stop the Biting

What motivates a bird to bite?

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One of the most common behavioral issues in parrots that people seek help for has to be about biting. It’s the one behavior that scares an owner and can even hurt someone. A parrot can easily break a finger or rip skin! It is possible to help your bird overcome this training issue. It is necessary to try to break the situation down so that you know why your bird is acting out by biting.

Fear: This is probably the top reason to look at for a biting bird. A bird that is afraid is going to use their beak if they feel they have no other option. A new person or something that frightens the bird can all fall victim to being bitten.

Territorial/Possessive: Some birds will bite when they are defending an area or have even become possessive of a particular person they have bonded to. It’s definitely not unusual to have a husband or wife with a parrot that is attempting to bite the spouse!

Threatened: While this could be a subcategory under fear, sometimes a bird may just feel threatened by someone or in a particular situation and react defensively with biting.

It’s important to remember no matter what the root cause is, if the bird has learned that biting and aggression is a potential solution, the bird will continue to bite and do so more often.

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Reversing the problem

The way to correct a biting problem is to determine how the biting happens and the root cause. Then you need to establish a training program that helps modify the behavior. For example, if the bird is frightened of being approached, don’t force the bird to be approached and touched because someone will be bitten. Instead, slowly desensitize the bird to approaches by rewarding with food when he closes his mouth and calms down. A clicker could be used to also help indicate for the bird why he is being rewarded. Then back away so the bird learns a positive association about someone approaching rather than being afraid.

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Getting the help you need

It helps to have someone with bird knowledge and experience to guide you through working with your own bird. No one wants to be bitten if they can help avoid it.

The Bird Tricks training system is one option to learn more about not just parrot biting but also how to solve it.

You’ll have access to professionals who can help you identify what kind of biting your bird is doing plus figure how to modify your bird’s behavior. Videos, articles, and additional information will help put your bird back on the right track.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

As Smart as a Parrot

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

As Smart as a Parrot

Parrots may be smarter than you think

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When we think about the intelligence of parrots, we are often looking for something to use as a measuring stick to figure it out. Research shows that parrots are on par with the intelligence of a 2-4 year old child and many show reasoning skills of the older end of the spectrum. The African Grey shows some of the most ability of any of the parrots. Parrots can think and learn as well as the average pet dog, if not even better in many cases.

Parrot speech is another really interesting aspect of their learning. Sometimes you hear a parrot speak and you wonder if they are simply just copying you. In some cases and with some birds it may be a case of mimicry more than any true understanding, but research is also showing a tad bit more going on in many parrots.

It appears that some parrots understand linguistic ideas as well as kindergarten aged children such as the concepts of bigger vs. smaller, same vs. different, and even the concept of numbers and the idea of none. This is far more advanced than mimicry!

The creation and use of tools is often used as a barometer of intelligence in all species, and it was once thought that only humans had this ability. Of course researchers now know that far more animals than just humans have this skill, but it’s not always recognized that birds can do it too. Austrian researchers were quite surprised to learn by chance that a captive-bred Cockatoo showed abilities to create a tool to reach objects like food that were outside of his reach (watch the video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20170195).

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Harnessing intelligence

An animal so intelligent as these parrots absolutely deserves to have learning opportunities through training in a captive, pet home. Without such training, his mind will venture into other forms of entertainment as best it can, and this is actually how many bad behaviors start. The majority of bad behaviors come from a very natural place instinctively in a parrot, but can be translated in different ways in a pet home.

Ideally you should try to train and work with your parrot at least 15 minutes per day. This isn’t just training time, but it’s also a valuable quality bonding experience with your parrot. It works his mind and makes him think in a positive way, and it also develops a lasting bond between
you and your bird.

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and happy overall.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Talking Bird

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Not every parrot has the ability to talk. But if your parrot is one of those special ones that can talk, you might be wondering what to teach your parrot to say. Some parrot owners think this is the easiest part of training their bird to talk; whilst others have a hard time coming up with a list of words or phrases to teach their parrot.

Regardless of where you fall here, keep in mind that the choices you make now will have a far-reaching impact on the relationship your parrot has with you, as well as with anyone else in their lives. The goal of training your parrot to talk using just a few words or phrases is so that your parrot will be encouraged to try out and adopt an extensive vocabulary.

Once you’ve honed in on the words and phrases that are best suited for your parrot and your joint lifestyle, be sure to set some time aside each day to train your parrot. These practice sessions should always be short and sweet, with plenty of praise.

You had me at Hello

When just starting out training a parrot to talk, it is always best to start at the beginning. Teach your parrot to say “Hello”. Not only is this a word your parrot will hear countless times every day for years to come, but the word itself is fairly easy for any parrot to articulate. Variations on this are “Hi”, “Hiya”, and “Hey”.
But of course, if your family has a special welcoming greeting, then definitely teach that to your bird instead.

Play the Naming Game

Once your parrot has mastered ‘Hello’, the next word you should teach him is his own name. Just like ‘Hello’, your parrot’s name is another word that he will hear multiple times every single day. Learning his name will help him gain confidence over his speech. When you think that your parrot has mastered his own name, you can move on to teach him to pronounce your name. Alternatively you can teach him to say the names of other family members or pets. Just don’t be too surprised when your parrot starts greeting you by name every time he sees you!

Snack Time!

The next logical step in training your parrot to talk is to teach him to express hunger, thirst, or the desire for a particular treat or snack. If you talk to your bird in context, he will have an easier time learning particular words or phrases. For example, when giving your parrot a treat state the name of treat, such as ‘Apple’, or simply just say ‘Treat’.

In due course, your parrot will be able to put two and two together and will soon be able to have a wonderful repertoire of words and phrases that you’ll be quite proud of.

The Talking Bird

The differences among birds

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Teaching a bird to talk normally ranks highly on the to-do list when you first bring a new parrot into your home. The range of how well a bird may speak depends on a number of factors. Some birds may speak only a handful of words while other breeds may learn thousands! It’s also common for
a good portion of birds to not speak much until after their first year of life, so one shouldn’t get discouraged right away. Once he gets talking, he’ll be off!

Birds also speak differently. One may be quiet while another may be quite loud. Different kinds of birds also have different memory levels, so those birds who learn and retain thousands of words have really good memories. You’ll want to do some research about your bird so that you know what to expect in terms of these different variables like volume, memory capacity, etc.

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Who is the best?

It may come as no surprise that the African Grey is often regarded as one of, if not the most, intelligent of the birds with a large capacity for speech. The large Amazon parrots follow closely behind him, but it may be more shocking to know that the little inexpensive budgie you see by the multiples in pet stores actually is quite the little singer and talker.

The budgie is often overlooked since they are quieter than a parrot, and sometimes the communication is more garbled and so may not be nearly as clear. Other birds don’t rank as highly on the speaking list because they tend to scream more than actually talk. Cockatoos, for example,
are not known to normally have as large of a vocabulary.

Click here to read more about different types of birds and speaking ability

The Experts

Because birds vary so much, research beforehand can really help partner you up with the right bird for you. Where can you learn what you need to know? The Elite Parrots Club is a great online resource for a wealth of information from before you have your bird to once he is in your home. You’ll find information via articles and videos on not just training him how to speak, but also things about health, toys, diet, and behavior.

The Elite Parrots Club also includes direct access to a birding professional known as the Bird Lady. Any question you have can be answered by the pro!

Click here to learn more about the Elite Parrots Club

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

To Bird School We Go!

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Contrary to popular belief, every parrot can be trained to not only act on command, but to also talk, whistle and sing on command as well. Some parrots can even be trained to roller-skate or to play table-top basketball.

However, this all starts with basic parrot training. Knowing the best way to train your parrot can lead to a happy, well-socialized, and well-trained parrot.

Training your parrot will take plenty of patience and time. Because of this it is very important to know that how you interact with your parrot will have a direct effect on their training and future attitude. Therefore, it is best to always remain positive and upbeat, regardless of how frustrated you might be. And never, ever, yell or throw things at your parrot. Under no circumstances should you smack your parrot either! These can all lead to emotional and physical harm, and borders on animal abuse.

Keep the training sessions always short, sweet and to the point. This will help keep things interesting and fun for both of you and will avoid any boredom ruts.

Another thing not to do is to withhold your parrot’s food, either as punishment or for training. Instead, use their food, or favorite treat, as a training aid - a reward for learning a new word, a new command or even for just attempting a new trick.

After your training session is done, let your parrot go back into their cage so that he or she can rest for a little while and have something to eat and drink. You should wait between 30 minutes to an hour before bringing him or her out of their cage to start another training session. Keep these training session to 2 - 3 per day. More than that and your parrot will start to feel stressed out.

When training your parrot, remember to play with your parrot as well. All work and no play, will make your parrot resent their training. For every training session you do together, make sure you have a play session as well.

To Bird School We Go!

What Are You Doing in 2016?

Click here to see easy ways to train your parrot

Do you have a New Year’s resolution yet? Maybe you’re thinking about the classic ones we all hear about: eat better, lose weight, and exercise more. I’ve got a better resolution idea for you: develop a better relationship with your bird!

Click here to learn more about changing your relationship with your bird

A New Bird Outlook

Although your bird can’t have a resolution, you and he can work on this one together for a better 2012. Even if you don’t think there is a single thing wrong with your bird, wouldn’t you like to learn new training skills and techniques that you can use to teach your bird new tricks?

Learning how to train your bird in a positive and consistent manner will allow you to teach your bird all kinds of neat tricks. It will also help you work with your bird to change your relationship and make a better one….that means you can change any bad behaviors like screaming at you, biting you, or plucking out his feathers.

Click here to see how training can help your bird

See How to Do It

Take a look at videos that show you firsthand how to train your bird. Sometimes it’s easier to see exactly how to do it rather than read about it. Now you can have access to free videos that show you how to problem solve to change your bird’s behavior and also teach him new things too!

Click here to begin watching free bird videos

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts