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Conure Talking

Parrots are birds that are often associated with being talkative or chatty. You have seen these characters in cartoons, television shows, and movies. As a matter of fact, the reason why parrots are able to talk and imitate sounds is that they are a highly intelligent species of birds. They are fun to interact with, and can be taught words and tricks in a short span of time.

One of the most popular varieties of parrots that are adorable to keep as pets are conures. Conures, like the rest of the parrot group, are taxonomically classified under family Psittacidae. Some of the genera of conures are Brotogeris, Aratinga, and Pyrrhura. These intelligent birds are well-behaved, sociable, and come in colors such as orange, green, yellow, grey, and others. Did you know that you can teach your conure to talk? Here are some tips for you.

First, if you want to begin training for your conure parrot, you need to remember to clip his wings. Wing clipping is essential not only for training purposes, but also for the security and safety of the conure and the people in the home. Next, be sure you are commencing your training in a quiet and distraction free area. You can do this by placing the cage in the bathroom, or by taking out the bird and placing him on a perch.

Prepare some treats with you, such as sunflower seeds or small pieces of fruit. Start by saying basic words to your conure, such as “hello”, “good boy”, “good bird”, and others every time you see it. Of course, you can't expect the bird to imitate immediately, so you will have to repeat this at intervals of several hours within the day.

When your conure has picked up the words, and begins saying them, it may be time to introduce new phrases. Sometimes, the bird can grasp the new words better when you accompany it with an activity. For example, when you say “good bird” you can caress your conure. Or when you feed your conure, say “yummy food” every time. Use a singsong and gentle tone of voice. Experts do not recommend shouting, as the angry tone of voice will confuse the conure. They will be negatively associated with the shouting.

When your bird responds with the words you have taught him, offer him the treats by hand. Later on, you can better teach your conure tricks by use of the commands he has learned. It is also important to note that you should not over train your conures. They can get exhausted and easily disinterested if you have been pestering them to learn to talk for more than 5 to 10 minutes. If you stick with the program, you can do short sessions at intervals per day. Do not make your conure feel he is being overworked.

If you are away, you can try recording some phrases with a cassette tape, and play them back near your conure's cage. This helps them remember the words you have been training them with. Sometimes, the recording of your voice helps soothe and relax them.

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