How to Teach Your Pet Bird to Talk

Get to Know Your Bird

The first step to teaching your bird to talk is to bond with your feathered friend and form reasonable expectations of it. Some birds are known to be better talkers than others, so you shouldn't expect your pet to say more than it is capable of.

Choose Your Words Wisely

The best way to encourage birds to speak is to choose a few short words for them to start off with.  Examples of good starter words include "hello," "bye-bye," "nite-nite," or even your bird's own name.

Repeat the Word or Phrase as Often as Possible

Once you have locked onto a word that your feathered friend is interested in, repeat the word to it as often as you possibly can.

Make sure your bird has fun

By giving rewards, such as treats, and engaging with your bird in an excited way, it encourages the bird to enjoy this new language game.

Have Patience and Don't Get Discouraged

The fastest way to encourage a bird to talk is to set up a training routine and work with it every day.

Have Patience and Don't Get Discouraged

While some birds pick up on human speech quite readily, some birds take months or even years to say their first word.