Teaching Your Pet Bird To Talk

your bird will soon learn to start mimicking sounds and words, and social interaction with rewards for words has proved to work very well in getting your bird to talk.

Will your bird learn to talk?

If you have a Parakeet, Cockatiel or Budgie it is the males of the species who will talk and it would be extremely rare to find a female bird talking, surprisingly a male budgie is one bird which can have a huge repertoire of words although it can sometimes be difficult to understand as they tend to chatter quite rapidly - there is a Guinness World Record for a male budgie being able to say in excess of 1,700 words.
Teaching a parrot to talk can be rewarding, but be careful they are just as likely to pick up swear words as pleasantries - your pet parrot will easily pick up words which you use with enthusiasm, so saying 'hello' when you go in or 'goodbye' when you leave will become so commonplace with your bird that he should soon pick it up.
Try getting your parrot to identify fruit such as banana, apple or grape and rewarding him with the piece of fruit if he gets it correct, repeating the word again so he recognises what he is being given; many other words and phrases can be picked up from social interaction and your bird is far more likely to pick up words from you than from repetitive media means.

Which are the best talkers?

This really depends on the individual bird, but it is a fact that the loudest parrots tend to make the best talkers. Congo African Grey and Timneh African Grey parrots tend to be very good talkers, as do yellow-naped and yellow-headed Amazon parrots, ring-necked parakeets, blue and gold Macaws, grass parakeets, bare-eyed and rose-breasted Cockatoos and of course the ever faithful budgie.
Birds will communicate with you in a variety of ways and just because your bird does not talk to you, it does not mean that it does not understand you. Recognition of things is also a good way of teaching your bird to talk - if you ask a budgie "Who's a pretty boy?" it will quite probably go to its mirror and look at itself, indicating that it knows what you are saying.


The more you communicate with your bird the more likely it is to start talking - some of the best talking budgies are owned by elderly people who constantly chatter away to them. Speak to your bird like you would to a toddler, make talking a game and offer plenty of treats and rewards and with perseverance you should be rewarded yourself with a bird that will respond and talk to you.