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Birds that can talk

September 27th 2008 00:37
The appeal of having pet birds is that they can talk... Some of them anyway... And if that is what you are looking for, you want to make sure that you pick a species that has the capibility to talk. Some birds have better abilities at learning how to speak, and some birds just have a limited ability to learn.

Some of the birds that you may want to consider include the following bird species:

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African Greys: Known for their extensive vocabularies and cognitive skills.
Quaker Parrots: Can be impressive little talkers, and typically learn environmental sounds as well as words and short phrases.
Indian Ringneck Parakeets: Have crystal clear speaking abilities.
Budgies: Harder to train, but they are very proficient talkers.
Cockatiels: Excellent at immitating environmental sounds and with training and a lot of attention can build impressive vocabularies.
Amazons: Outstanding talking ability

But, you want to remember that just because a particular species may have a knack for speech, it does not mean that the individual bird that you purchase will ever talk. It takes A LOT of training, socialization, and positive interactions, and even still not all of the above species end up talking.

When choosing a bird, you want to make sure that it will be compatible with you and your lifestyle. You don't want to choose a bird just because you think that it's cool to have a talking bird. You want to make sure that you do have the proper time to care for the bird, especially if you choose a larger bird because they are typically worse than two year old human children.

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