Teach Your Cockatiel to Talk

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

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Regardless of the type of parrot you own, it is useful to start with simple words. First of all, you can start with words like "Hello", "Hi", "Bird". You can then teach a sentence by adding these words. You can also teach your bird to sing with the method of adding words.?


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 say the word you want to teach. Repeat this 4-5 times every day. Over time, your bird will learn the word. When you flick your finger, your bird will say the word. 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 words 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 word 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 some easy words. You can use them. 

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Speak Clearly

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

Give Them Reward

While you teach your cockatiels a new word, give them their favorite snack. But how? First, give the snack every time your bird says the word you teach. Your bird will learn that when it says that word, it gets the prize. In the next stage, say the word 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 word to give it the snack. Over time, even if you don't say the word, 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 words in a few months, while others learn only a few words 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.