Teach your cockatiel to talk

Most cockatiels can learn to say a few words, phrases or whistle a few songs, and it can be quite entertaining. They don’t actually grasp what they’re saying – they are purely mimicking the sounds that they hear often. So, if you want to teach your cockatiel to say a few words, you need to repeat it over and over again.

Start while your bird is still young and start with a short phrase. To prevent yourself from getting embarrassed at the most inconvenient time, it is highly recommended that you don’t use foul language around your bird. You never know when he will repeat those phrases!

You need to say the words clearly and slowly, and you need to be in close proximity to your bird. You’ll know that he is listening attentively when he turns his head, with one ear in your direction. Or he might be distracted by something else, but it doesn’t mean that he is not listening. Have treats ready, preferably high-value treats, like small pieces of fruit, and when your bird repeats the words, treat him immediately. It will help if he is outside his cage. You need to be patient, as this can take time. Also keep in mind that, generally, males tend to learn words and phrases faster than females, and they also speak more clearly.

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