Though not all species of parrot are capable of talking, the Indian Ringneck parakeet is generally an excellent talker. Individual Ringnecks have been known to learn up to 250 words, making the breed an excellent choice for owners who want a talking bird. It is, however, important to understand that even though the species is quite capable of talking, not every Ringneck will learn to mimic human speech. For reasons that no one really understands, some parrots just never take to talking.
Start your training by building a trusting relationship with your bird. Ringnecks are intelligent birds that require a lot of time and affection. If your bird trusts and loves you, it will want to interact and communicate with you.
Use treats in the beginning of your training. Reward the bird with a treat when you here it say a word. As time goes on, slowly replace food treats with other rewards, like a shower, head scratches or favorite game.
Increase training time by playing an audio training CD while you are away from home. The discs repeat words over and over and can be purchased online or at many pet stores. You could also record your own training disc so your bird will hear your voice and learn the words that you want.
- Be patient, birds learn in their own time.
- Don't over do it with the treats. Birds are susceptible to obesity just like any other pet.