How to Train Your Bird to Talk

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Birds aren’t like babies—you can’t expect them to pick up speech just by babbling away at them. You need a plan.

Step 1: Pick the right breed
If you haven’t already bought Tweety, pick a breed that is known for its chattiness. Amazon parrots and African greys are the gabbiest, followed by macaws, male cockatiels, mynahs, and parakeets.

Tip
Female cockatiels, female budgies, grass parakeets, rosellas, and canaries don’t talk.

Step 2: Choose an inquisitive bird
Once you’ve narrowed your choices to a talkative breed, focus your attention on choosing a bird that seems alert and interested in what’s going on around him. These are clues that he’ll make a good talker.

Step 3: Get a young bird
Get a young bird. Like the proverbial old dog who can’t learn new tricks, an older bird is going to have more trouble picking up speech.

Step 4: Name that bird
Give the bird a name that is no more than two syllables. A longer name reduces the chances that he will learn to say his own name.

Step 5: Designate a teacher
If you’re married and/or have children, pick one person to teach the bird. If several people are trying to instruct the bird, it will only confuse it.

Tip
Birds learn more easily from women.

Step 6: Time your training
Start training at the optimal time. For smaller birds, that’s at four to six months. For bigger birds, wait until they’re six to twelve months.

Tip
Don’t teach a bird to whistle before training him to talk, or it will make the speech lessons that much harder.

Step 7: Keep it simple
Start training by saying a few simple words to Tweety, always using them under the same circumstances. For example, you could say ‘Good morning’ every day when you first rise, and you could reserve ‘Bye’ for when the bird can see you walk out the door.

Step 8: Repeat words
Repeat the words several times in each instance. You want the bird to start associating the sound you are making with the context.

Step 9: Reward speech
Give Tweety a treat every time he repeats something you are teaching him.

Tip
Remember that birds don’t just repeat what you want them to; they mimic sounds they hear. So if you’re suffering a bout of loud flatulence, or getting ready to rip someone a new one, stay out of Tweety’s earshot.

Step 10: Unteach them
If Tweety has picked up a bad word, washing his mouth out with soap won’t work. But ignoring him when he repeats the word will, because getting your attention is his main incentive.

Step 11: Enjoy
Now enjoy chatting with your fine-feathered friend!

Did You Know?
Talking birds often will imitate your phone’s ring tone because they get a kick out of watching you come running.

50 Comments

  1. Marmar Nz on September 8, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    O hello budgies TALK

  2. Play-creator on September 8, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    My macaw says is anyone there when I am about to go out of my house

  3. goldie on September 8, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    can female budgies actually not talk? or is that a myth.

  4. leen Babu on September 8, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Did female cocktail talk

  5. lee stone on September 8, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    female budgies do talk iv seen and heard it with y own ears and eyes my gran had blue female budgie and always used to talk

  6. Exceed with wings on September 8, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    I’ll love my bird no matter what, but what about lovebirds?

  7. mohammad soubra on September 8, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    your telling me male birds are simps my life is a lie

  8. Rika kazuya is mine 2 Other acc on September 8, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    So birds are simps too😔

  9. PoshokFluffy on September 8, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    ummm.. my female cockatiel speaks just fine

  10. Awkward Cosplays on September 8, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Ravens can talk

  11. HARLEY THE TALKING PARROT on September 8, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Please watch my parrot singing. https://youtu.be/vJvERFvJuGk If you like it subscribe for more videos.

  12. Melky Chedek on September 8, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    My parakeet henderson is now talk

  13. Seddie’x on September 8, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Hello. My MALE budgie is 2 years old can I train him a simple “hello” ?

  14. Gage & Serena Anderson on September 8, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Aw shucks. Well I guess I already knew that female budgies don’t talk. They’re more into singing or just quiet as a whole. Thing is, we didn’t know our little Tezzy *was* a female, she looked like any other male we’d owned before until her cere turned a light brown and she laid an unfertilized egg. Oh well, still with these circumstances, I’m playing R2-D2 sounds for her every once in awhile. She’s picked up some little beeping sounds and it’s so cute to hear her work them into the rest of her songs

  15. Hannah Detheridge on September 8, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    🙂

  16. Fluffy White on September 8, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    awh thats sad i have a female cokatoo 🙁

  17. WOO YU NEE Moe on September 8, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    my bird chirps like a magpie

  18. ProcrastinandoCon Kta on September 8, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    :V soo this video say’s ( male cockatiel can’t talk) :v well I’m see so much videos, im search in Google, :v but all this things says,

    the male cockatiel can talk and the male cockatiel play more then female cockatiel.

    And the female( boy )cockatiel only speck more then Male ( girl), but the cockatiel can talk too. :v
    (Beacause they are more interesting in sing and talk.) ( But the male like more play and are more curious)

  19. Melky Chedek on September 8, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    PLEASE RELPY /

  20. bianca ioana on September 8, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    I might have a parrot in a few months ,is kyky a good name?

  21. Nidhi Verma on September 8, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Haven’t tried yet but seems effective 😄🦜

  22. Aborca Precious Medino on September 8, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Female budgies can talk its a myth that female budgie cant talk theres a lot of female budgies talking search it on Google

  23. 2D on September 8, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    I have two cockatiels I think one is male and one is female do I need to separate him to teach him

  24. got no name on September 8, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    The animation tho♥️♥️

  25. Melky Chedek on September 8, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    And i had a triple name of a bird Hen-der-son

  26. Mr haj on September 8, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Dear i did mistk im first whistle after talk what i doing now say smtn pls….now he always whistle

  27. Mosi Vaz on September 8, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Wow

  28. Voxel the Glitch and Retro Mech on September 8, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    You forgot Ravens, they do talk.

  29. Aaron Hopwood on September 8, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Budgies can talk

  30. F12cio on September 8, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    But I have a female cockatiel this sucks all of my pets are female my house helper my to sibling are girls and my dad and me are the only boys

  31. Kat_aco on September 8, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    My cockatiel tries his hardest to talk but has a mental condition, currently he’s almost able to say hello after a year

  32. Heidi 2021 on September 8, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    My female budgie is able to say pretty bird and make the sound of the coffee maker beep… they can talk it’s just they’re less likely to

  33. Shadow Gaming on September 8, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    my cocktail says me every day good morning

  34. SRI CHARAN on September 8, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    0:34___can any one say my birds gender::
    *violet cere
    *about 3-4 months
    *vocal::always chirps
    *not active
    Please any one reply

  35. Lily Erickson on September 8, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Parakeets do to talk my parakeet talks

  36. Elizåbeth ͍̝̓͡A̋͂̾ft̑ø̨̅ň̗̫͗ ⅄T on September 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Bird:BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP
    Grandma:who’s a goo- NANI!?

  37. Haya’s Toca World on September 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    My budgie talks tho..

  38. Mahzabin Hasan on September 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    My female cockatiel talk ..she can say her name and also sing pink panther theme song …im blessed😚❤😇

  39. The antisocial social squad on September 8, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Dude my female cockatiel talks. You giving bad info

  40. J1A on September 8, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    My cockatiel is a felmae… oops

  41. Rachael on September 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    What about ringneck birds

  42. BLUE MACAW 1 on September 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Video: Birds Learn Better from Females
    Me: IM SCREWED :O

  43. Phoebe Zhang on September 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    That’s not true. There’s a lot of people with female budgies that can talk.

  44. African grey Congo and Timneh.jaruwan on September 8, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Budgies do talk look on YouTube

  45. Aisha Majid on September 8, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    2:16 LMAO!!!!!!!

  46. Mohammad Khalil on September 8, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    wow

  47. Kuro Ne-chan on September 8, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Umm sorry to tell you but i actually have a female cockateil that can talk very well.

  48. Grim on September 8, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    my parrot: *curses*
    me: good boy

  49. liz jones on September 8, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    My dads mom had a cockatiel and a bird before that (the first bird we couldn’t take care of because it was always so stressed so we had to give it away) the cockatiel was a female and all she could say was "pretty bird" which is impressive for a female cockatiel.

    My grandmother was a smart woman, she died 2 years ago and I miss her to this day she was 94

    R.I.P grandma 1924 – 2019

    I would train the cockatiel but my moms mom lost her but I forgive her😡😶 didn’t cry or anything just upset

    Also got a question

    Do birds pee because I need sleep

    Edit: I think the first bird died my memory is fuzzy 🤷

  50. BR 1 on September 8, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    وت

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