cockatiel What type of talking parrot is best for beginners?

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Question by Fosterdog: What type of talking parrot is best for beginners?
If I were to get one, I would be looking at getting one from a rescue group.

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Answer by phantomisle
Cockatiels are great starter birds for the inexperienced bird owner. However, if they talk it sounds muffled. And parakeets/budgies (same thing) talk too but its harder to train them. Parrots talk too if they are tame enough to. However, if you want the best vocals, possibly consider getting a cockatoo (those things with the huge-*ss crests) or a macaw (yeah those guys with the huge beak). They also live longer than most others (an Amazon Macaw can live to be at least 75 if healthy and stuff) so all of that training won’t go to waste if you get one of those. If you don’t know how to treat a macaw or cockatoo, possibly consider reading into them or buying a book on them to learn their basic needs and whatnot.

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2 Responses to “What type of talking parrot is best for beginners?”

  1. Parrots Ireland on

    The best parrots at imitating human speech are the male budgerigar, african grey, and the amazons, in that order! Yes the best vocabulary has been recorded by a budgie! An african grey is not a good bird for a beginner, they are temperamental, one person birds, and prone to problem behaviours such as plucking and screaming, believe me I know what I am talking about, I am owned by 3 of them.

    An amazon parrot is a better all round bird, is prone to be a bit nippy, but doesnt have nearly so many quirks as the african grey. Other birds who can learn speech are macaws, cockatoos, and eclectus. None of these would be good beginner birds in my opinion.

    Remember – even amongst the budgies and african greys, not all will learn to talk! Love your bird for what he can do, rather than what he can say.

  2. Simply Monsterous on

    As a first time parrot owner, rescue parrot is not a great idea. Many of these birds often are emotionally and mentally scarred. Their behaviors may require an experienced handler to insure safety. You can get very injured by these birds in general. HOWEVER, occasionally a rescue may have one or two that can be handled and are sweet birds. I’m enclosing a couple of links so you can see personality traits and requirements. I own Eclectus parrots. My female was a rescue-she was my first experience with parrots and at times was very challenging until I learned HER language. . This is very comprehensive and will give you advice as to whether the bird you’re looking at is good in apartments (a screamer) or quiet, dietary and cage size requirements and most importantly lifespan.

    Spend time with the rescuer learning how the bird likes to be handled, what are its play habits, what upsets it. Spend time. Create a great habitat for your bird. When you leave the house play a Bird sitter DVD (with new age music not sounds of screeching as the birds learn this). My birds also watch aquarium DVD’s and landscape stuff as well as other shows. Both can imitate munchkins from Wizard of Oz and Cousin it from Addams Family. The white noise mentally enhances the birds.
    They also enjoy music cd’s-Pat Benatar, Chicago, Toby Keith. My male now says: “Your fly is down.” from listening toa Dangerfield cd.

    They say a cat has 9 lives. A parrot has 9 owners. It is a sad truth that many people get a bird just for looks or their own ego and do not understand commitment or responsibility. There are many online forums that can help provide experience and advice when you run into bumps along the way.

    Consider what happens to the bird when you go to school (Colleges do not allow them in dorms), Consider socializing the bird to all kinds of people. Your future boyfriend may insult the bird just by breathing…..some parrots get jealous and defensive. Here are some other useful sites:

    Building trust:
    Potty training:
    Teaching targeting behavior:
    Cockatiel training:
    Training mistakes:
    Socializing parrots:
    Bonding with birds:

    Birds are very intelligent and should be engaged in things, toys and outside their cages. Have a professional clip its wings…trust me you’ll be doing it a favor. My female eclectus was found in the snow nearly dead, her beak shattered, her toe frostbitten and right femur broken. She had no band and so after she was given to me I had her microchipped.

    Being owned by a parroit can be one of the greatest things you can experience. Mine travel with me on their PVS parrot car perch and shower on a suction PVC shower perch. They consider me part of their flock….we even share Subway sandwiches together!

    My blog site links directly in affiliation with birdchannel and also has a slideshow in the right corner where you can see my “terror twins.” Good luck, study, think this through, find a mentor also review the avian vets in your area. Budget to see if you can provide what they need. And love them their entire life.

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