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Can cockatiels talk?

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I have a pet coclatiel. I've been trying to train him to talk for the longest time, but all he can do is make some noises. Can cockatiels talk? If they can, what can I do to get him to talk to me?
asked May 29, 2013 in Bird Breeds by anonymous

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Some cockateils can be trained  to mimic words  but you need to be patient and consistent. Give your bird uup to 10 minutes a session daily and repeat a simplle word you'd like him to learn over and over.  Let  your cockatiel see your lips move as you talk. Reward him with a treat when he pays attention to you. Use a high-pitched voice as birds respond to those sounds. Although I wasn't with him for very long, I taught my granddaughter's cockateil, Tweety, to say Pretty Shira (her name) and his name. Tweety came to live with me when my granddaughter left home for school and he's picked up the sounds of outdoor birds. He's 9 years old now, but I haven't given up teaching him more words.
answered May 30, 2013 by (36,420 points)