Teach Your Cockatiel to Whistle

Firstly, if you want to give talking training to your cockatiel, you should get a male one. Males can learn a few words. Female cockatiels, on the other hand, cannot speak to their parrots. Females can only produce one simple tone and one row of sounds. Males can repeat the words they have learned and imitate music, doorbells, etc. So it would be better to start with a male bird and also a baby bird. The education of the baby cockatiels is much easier.

Start With Simple

Regardless of the type of parrot you own, it is useful to start with simple tones.


Cockatiels start to imitate a voice by hearing them over and over again. Though you haven't taught them, they mimic the sounds they hear constantly, such as the doorbell and the phone ring. You can teach them words in two ways. The most common method is classical conditioning. Yes, you have not heard wrong. First, take your bird on your hand every day. First, flick your finger, then whistle the tone you want to teach. Repeat this 4-5 times every day. Over time, your bird will learn the tone. When you flick your finger, your bird will whistle. They easily learn the voice or word they constantly hear, but they do not immediately go to the repetition phase. So if your bird doesn't start repeating the tones you say right away, don't worry, Give it time. Second method is training videos. It's more practical. Just play a record of the whistle near your cockatiel, that's it. He will catch it up In a month. At the end of the page, I will put some training videos of tones. You can use them. 

Whistle Clearly

Cockatiels learn better when they can hear a whsitling clearly. Do not whisper when teaching them. Address your parrot directly. You should always repeat with the same tone. So that your bird can recognize the tone.

Give Them Reward

While you teach your cockatiels a new whistle, give them their favorite snack. But how? First, give the snack every time your bird whistles the tone you teach. Your bird will learn that when it whistles that tone, it gets the prize. In the next stage, you whistle and wait for it to look at you to give its reward. At the last stage, wait for your bird to try to repeat the tone to give it the snack. Over time, even if you don't whistle the tone, it will start saying it when it sees that snack. Classical conditioning.

Be Patient

The learning process differs in birds. Some birds are capable of learning hundreds of tones in a few months, while others learn only a few tones at that time. The speed of learning is also influenced by how much you practice with your bird, but some birds may not learn some sounds no matter how much you try. Be slow, be patient,  and start teaching early.

Training Videos of Some Words

Just play the video near your parrot. Doit everyday. I will memorize it in a month. If you are sure your bird lernt it, go to the next one. 

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