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Should trying to teach a female to talk be worth it?

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Old 06-17-2017, 08:15 PM   #1
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Should trying to teach a female to talk be worth it?

She likes to chirp with theme song on TV, but I don't want to waste hours trying to teach her if it likely isn't going to happen.

Also, do any of you have links to some good parrot talk teacher videos?
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:20 PM   #2
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As the owner of a "talking" male parrotlet, I can tell you that you don't TEACH a bird to talk. Instead, you simply talk to the bird and naturally or on purpose use the same phrases of the same things over and over. Of the many phrases Tumi says, only one was something I said to him in the hopes that he would mimic it, but I can't say I "wasted hours" on it. Instead, when we were hanging out or snuggling or getting scritches, I would repeat my phrase to him during our interaction. I certainly wasn't very focused or purposeful about it. He mimics it because he believes it to be one of the flock calls in his flock, not because I trained him.
Whether she ever mimics them or not, she will learn their meaning and respond to them in her way. Talk to her, and work to learn her language back. She is ALREADY talking to you, and you just have to learn her language.
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I hate to sound like a bummer but I have two females and I feel getting them to mimic speech would be futile. One of my girls will mimic squeek and clucks but otherwise she just says "chirp"
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My girl and I are very close, but at four years old she only speaks her own people's language...few girls talk much. As for training talking birds phrases, it can be done, and I've taught talkers specific phrases before, but having a girl I've never invested any time or attention to that with her...just loving my little sweetie. I can say, though, that my girl understands quite a few words and several commands, so she does listen to what I say to her.
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My experience has been either a bird is going to talk, or it isn't . Those that want to talk will just pick up things are their own. They don't have to be "taught." Mine just started talking one day without any effort from me.
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I have learned to speak very good bird, so I guess at least one of us can be taught
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I have learned to speak very good bird, so I guess at least one of us can be taught
The truth of this is scary. I was talking to Jules one day when my mother was around. She had a hard time believing that I understood what Jules was saying. The conversation went like this.
Jules ask for my wife.
I told Jules my wife was gone.
Jules did not believe me and wanted to go downstairs to check
I told her no.
Jules got fed up and flew to the steps demanding that we go look for my wife since she was downstairs
I gave in and took Jules downstairs to prove my wife was not there and said see, I told you so.
Jules decided my attitude deserved a nip.
We cussed each other out a bit. Parrotlets cuss worse than sailors.
Jules decided to see my mother upstairs
So I took her up.

Now truth is I do not understand her every chirp. But I do recognize some noises she makes and can place them in context. I know the the noise for my wife, for my mother, for myself, for downstairs, for upstairs. I know her flock calls, her I need calls, her I want calls and sadly her grieving calls for a dead mate.

Now Jules can say "pretty bird" in human talk. But to be honest I prefer her bird chatter much more than her human talk. It is soothing and natural. We can understand each other after a fashion. True it is not intellectual discussions or mimics of Star Wars beeping robots or TV buzz lines. It is just bird chatter and it is restful.
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