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Re: Talking

Posted by Deborah on January 25, 2012 at 21:36:28:

In Reply to: Talking posted by Susan on January 25, 2012 at 08:54:07:

I think that approach is pretty much out of favor at this point. It's not said to be very effective after all. I think it is likely that the reason parrots learn sounds is that they use sound to communicate naturally and in an adaptive fashion. So they pick up sounds they think may be contact calls or warning calls or other social sounds.

The advice I see most often, and which has worked well for me, is to use words and sounds in a context and with enthusiasm. The more dramatic, the better. So say "Hey Baby!" with enthusiasm when you come home and walk in to the room where your bird is.

The cool thing about the whole talking thing is that it's NOT just random imitation of sounds. It isn't language either, but it is a fundamental ability to associate certain sounds with certain contexts. So make meaningful sounds.

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