How do you teach a parrot new words?

Malichai Barks

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Feb 25, 2022
I am trying to teach my blue fronted amazon parrot, Billy, to say something other than just "What ya' doing?", "Hi", and "chocolate". How would I go about doing this?
Thanks in advance!:)
 

CatMom1994

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How did you teach him those words? I figure you would do it the same way for others.

BTW chocolate is not parrot food. Billy needs to learn what his own diet is.
 

TTouch

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Positive reinforcement.... start simple ...choose the 'word' you wish to teach and 'attach' it to an action or object, so for example 'toy', get a new toy and give it to the parrot to play with (say nothing) then remove it and place it within his sight but out of his reach, several times a day/week pick up the toy, say 'toy' and give it to the parrot BE CONSISTANT with how you do it and the word you say and if you want several words then instead of just saying 'toy' purchase several toys that are different each with a 'word', like 'teddy', 'bell',' rope', teach ONE at a time until he learns the word but keeping them all in his sight but out of his reach and make sure you are listening when in the house as parrots will only 'play the game' if listened to., find it fun and get a reaction.

When I was a child we visited my mothers aunt once a week, she had a parrot and each time my aunt left the room my dad ( who was a talented animal trainer) would say "Oh no, not cucumber sandwiches again" my mum would scold and shush him...... (but we all laughed) and he would give the parrot a piece of cucumber ....one day my aunt returned with ham sandwiches and said each time my friends come for tea the parrot complained "Oh no, not cucumber sandwiches again" because they laughed he then made a 'shush' sound which made them laugh more, so he was getting the attention and positive reinforcement...my great aunt never knew who taught him, nor the several mildly rude words he taught him too
 

Jennifer mary

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Mar 17, 2022
I am trying to teach my blue fronted amazon parrot, Billy, to say something other than just "What ya' doing?", "Hi", and "chocolate". How would I go about doing this?
Thanks in advance!:)
try teaching the parrot to use the mp3 sound and repeat and repeat the sound from the mp3 .. i also used to use mp3 with my own voice recording
 

MainerMikeBrown

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Mar 21, 2021
With my pet cockatiel, Luke, all I had to do, in order to get him to copy certain words, was to say those words to him over and over again. I had it easy.

However, I guess it's not that simple with many other cockatiels and parrots.
 

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