Talking Parrot Videos, advices, training and articles
Welcome to our website on Parrot Talking. Most people who come to our website generally look for some videos and articles on talking parrots. Many are even interested to learn how to get parrots talking.
We don’t want to present you with information overload over scores of pages. You have come here looking for concise and well presented information on parrot talking and that is exactly what we will give you.
We will try to present
Top videos of talking parrots.
Professional training material that can transform a bird into a talking parrot.
Informative articles on parrot talking behaviors.
Talking Parrot Videos
Einstein – The talking parrot
The African Grey parrot, Einstein hatched in 1987 in California. He was initially brought up by a Californian couple before being donated to the zoo where he quickly became the star with his endearing personality and intelligence. He once shocked the zoo authorities when he started singing happy birthday song one day. No one had taught him that and he must have heard someone singing it somewhere.
The famous African Grey parrot, Alex revolutionized the human understanding of the parrot’s brain. Alex could actually identify shapes, colors and objects. He could not only imitate but also understand the meaning of some of the words. He tragically passed away at the young age of 31.
There was this Jay Leno show where they invited some parrot owners to showcase their parrots singing skills. Barbara won the event with her amazon parrot Groucho. Infact all 3 parrots in this show are Amazon parrots. Jay Leno is almost as much fun as the parrots.
Humans are generally fond of parrots and they are extremely popular pets and adored for their talking nature. That they are so vastly different from the other conventional pets like cats and dogs makes them intriguing and worthy of special analysis.
Conversationalists or mimics? That’s a good question. Parrots have such a range of voices that many assume them to have vocal cords just like humans. So do parrots really have vocal cords? We will answer that question in a bit.
The fact is that parrots don’t really talk. For the most part they only mimic. They are not conversationalists, they are basically mimics. But that is not to say that they are incapable of associating certain words with actions. Teach them well, teach them right and they might just occasionally tread the paths of conversation. Recently there was this news about a parrot that saved a baby’s life. The baby in question was sick and was in the same room as the parrot. The parrot apparently noticed the baby turning blue and choking and screeched ‘baby’ baby’ and raised an alarm. The parrot had learned to associate the sound of ‘baby’ with the ‘baby’. Wow!
How does a parrot talk? Now is a good time to answer if a parrot really has any semblance of a vocal cord. The answer is No, they do not have vocal cords. So how do they talk? Well, they are able to mimic sounds with the use of the syrinx and trachea. The syrinx is located at the base of the trachea. The sound is produced by the air flow across these membranes. A parrot produces different range of sounds by modulating the bronchial and tracheal membrane tensions. So what does this really mean? It means that parrots talk or mimic by a mechanism that is not much different than the process of whistling. You could also akin this type of talking or sound production to that of a flute. Incredible or what! So that is why the parrot tends to twist and move its head and neck a certain way when it tries to say something. Additionally it has been recently proved that some parrots also use their tongue to modulate and produce sounds.
Parrot Speech Training
Many of the parrot owners might probably be itching to get their parrot to talk and comprehend language. Well, for those of you there is an amazing course offered by Chet Womach. The parrot training dvd series has many hours of video training. Everything is shot live with a parrot, so you can watch and apply. You can get your parrot talking within 48 hours.
This is the most comprehensive parrot speech training system in the whole world and can be yours for FREE. Oh yes, that’s right, FREE!. It will be shipped to you wherever you are. You only need to pay if you like, actually, you need to pay only if you want to. Your card will be charged in 30 days only if you like the series.
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Watch everything on camera. Even if you don’t own a parrot this is so much fun, just to see how an untrained parrot steps up and learns to talk and perform.
What are the best Talking Parrots
While most parrots can talk with methodical training, some are natural talkers and can talk with minimal training while others need increased efforts from their owners.
Timneh Greys and African Greys are the best talkers and the talking stars of the parrot family. The Congo African Grey is a good talker too. The African Greys are extremely intelligent but not as colorful as some of the other parrots.
Large Amazons like the Yellow naped, Blue fronted, Panama and double headed Amazons are very talkative. Ofcourse they tend to be expensive to procure with prices approaching $1500 not being uncommon.
Lories and Electus are excellent talkers as well and they are surprisingly not popular for their abilities. Whats more, they are beautiful birds too. Their sex is easy to identify with the males being green with pretty yellow beaks and the females are red and purple.
Conjures, parakeets and budgies have a good clear voice as do the macaws and cockatoos. It might help to note that the female cockatiels and female budgies are not naturally talkative and it could be difficult to get the to talk. If you have these birds then you might want to try the parrot talking course listed in this page above and do your best to get them to talk..
Even with the best talking parrots it might take time and patience to get parrots to talk. Look at tips online and consider investing in some training videos. It can prove to be more than worth it.
Parrot talking secrets
Everybody loves a talking parrot and every parrot owner wants their parrot to talk. Parrots by nature are known to pick and imitate speech and so with the right approach, training and atmosphere you can get it to talk. Mind you not all parrots are receptive to speech and some might not talk that easily and need some specialized training like the one listed above. Amazon and African Greys are known for their talking abilities. Male parrots tend to be better talkers than females.
Don’t try to get your parrot talking before it’s 6 months old. The simplest and natural way to get a parrot talking is by indulging in regular conversations. Ideally you would want to train them whilst they are still young. Older parrots can be trained, but they are significantly harder to teach. Make your parrot comfortable, don’t be harsh and rude or it could grow up to be unsociable. Keep repeating words and associate them with actions to make the parrots understand when to use them. For example say “GOOD MORNING” when you greet the parrot in the morning and “GOODNIGHT” at night. Say “HELLO” when you approach your parrot and “BYE” when you are about to leave. Every time he does something good and responds well say “GOOD”.
Turn off the TV and isolate other sounds. Make sure no other pet in the house makes noises or your parrot’s attention will be diverted. Speak words in a clear and loud manner and give a pause after every word. Let the parrot know that you are in charge, but don’t be too authoritative. Its important to strike a balance. Use hand gestures and facial expressions to signify the meaning of the spoken words. You might have noticed the wonderful attitude of some of the words whilst talking or singing. Its a result of the owners associating action with speech.
Also it has been noticed that parrots are more responsive to training in the mornings and evenings. Try and give your parrot plenty of encouragement. Rewarded your parrot every time it says the right word. Give them colorful objects and keep repeating the name of the object every time you give it to them. This will encourage them to associate that word or sound with that object.
Patience is important because the process can take some time, especially when you don’t have professional help. Parrots are attention seekers and it is only with your love and care that a parrot can become a joyful and social bird.
Reasons why a talking parrot stops talking
There are several reasons why parrots stop talking. We cannot give a complete list here, but one of the following may apply to your parrot.
A talking parrot might stop talking for a few days when it is introduced to a new home or environment. Even the best talking parrots needs to feel comfortable to chatter.
If a parrot stops talking abruptly without any perceivable reason then it could indeed be sick. You should consider taking it to an avian veterinarian.
Sometimes talking parrots could stop talking if they don’t like a change in the home environment. It could even be a change of furniture in its room.
Some parrots stop talking when new members are introduced It could be a guest or could be a new pet.
Parrots also stop talking when they are frightened. It could be from a preying animal which maybe visible from the parrot’s cage.
Finally, parrots could also stop talking if the owner does not give them attention and if its bored of its own chatter. Parrots are attention seekers. When it finds that no one cares it could stop talking.
Parrot Care 101
How to give your parrot a water bath ?
Some experts claim that a dust bath is best for the bird, but from my experience I like the use of water and any bird lover who loves watching birds in a bird bath will agree to this.
Its important to give your parrot regular baths. In the following paragraphs I will try to present you with information on how to bathe your pet parrot.
Get a squirt bottle with a mist setting. A mist setting will help in gently spreading the water on the bird instead of hitting it with torrential bursts. Do not use the same bottle to hold detergents or hard soaps as these can be poisonous to parrots. You can use a very light soap water at the beginning to clean him if he is really shabby, but it has to be very dilute and light.
Do not spray the water mist directly onto the bird. Spry it above the bird so that the water falls gently on the bird. Notice that your bird will probably spread his wings and welcome the water landing on him. When the parrot stops reacting you know he has had enough.
Now that he is wet use a towel and wipe off the water. That’s that, you have a clean and happy parrot.
Information on Parrot break growth and how to trim it
A parrot’s beak grows anywhere between 1 and 3 inches a year depending on the species. In the wild a parrot has plenty of activity and exercise apart from the fact that they gnaw on trees and so a parrot in the wild has optimum and manageable beak growth.
However things can be different for a pet parrot and an overgrown beak can hinder it while playing and eating. The common reasons for beak overgrowth is poor health and diet and lack of opportunities for the beak to wear.
So how can we overcome this and get the beak to wear? Give your parrots atleast 2 destructible toys. Give it a piece of wood to gnaw on or also consider giving it a wooden perch instead of plastic.
Feed your parrots some pellets and hard treats that will give the parrot’s beak a good workout. An overgrown beak might also indicate a mite infestation, so look out for that. Fatty liver diseases can also cause beak overgrowth and is a primary cause of concern in obese parrots Feed your parrot fresh vegetables and fruits with adequate pelleted diet. Cut down on fatty foods.
Alright, if your parrot’s beak is still overgrown after all precautions then you must consider trimming it down. You can use a dremel tool tool to do that. Easier said than done as your parrot is not going to be amused when he sees that dremel causing vibrations on his head. Can be pretty disconcerting for your parrot but he will adjust to it after a few times.
So how to go about doing this. The video below should give you a good idea. This will need 2 people. One must wrap the parrot in a towel and hold him gently but firmly enough. This will help in absorbing some of the vibration. Bracing the parrots head is important to prevent him from shaking, but do not hold his head too tightly as that can hurt him.
Now gently introduce the spinning dremel on the the tip of the parrots beak and keep this up until the beak is shorter and rounded. This will not hurt the parrot, so don’t worry. Also make sure that there are no sharp edges on the sides of the beaks.
In this section I will present you with information on how to clip your parrots large flight wings and this is something I learnt from an avian veterinarian The idea is to allow the parrot gliding and short flight capabilities but clip the larger feathers which will prevent the parrot from gaining greater altitudes. This will prevent a parrot from flying away and perching itself on trees and will also prevent it from flying too much in the house and causing injuries to itself by striking itself on the ceiling fans
Some might perceive this as cruel. But remember we are not totally depriving the parrot from flight altogether. It will have good gliding and short flight capabilities. This procedure is essential for the safety of the parrot too.
This procedure will require 2 people and this is usually easier if the parrot has confidence in you. Anyways ask someone to hold the parrot while you extend its wings Examine the larger flight feathers and look out for blood feathers. Blood feathers are feathers that are growing from within and have blood in them. Do not cut them as it will hurt the parrot.
For more information please refer to the video below.
Long nails can be an inconvenience as it can injure itself and others, especially if its a social bird who likes to be out of his cage. There’s no real technique as to how to do this and its pretty simple. You will need help from someone else. The parrot will clench its claws and you might have to force it open before clipping the nails