Often we wonder what it would be like to talk to animals. Outside of humans, birds are the only other creatures on earth that have the ability to speak the human language.
Birds will mimic sounds as a way of communicating in their environment. Baby birds will learn to communicate vocally by social learning, imitating their parents and the dominant birds of their flock. Presenting in the right environment, birds can also mimic the speech of humans. However, no bird will learn to talk unless they can spend a lot of quality time interacting with people and listening to repeated words and phrases.
Talking abilities will vary among species, with some only able to mimic a few words while others can learn a very robust vocabulary. Scientists are still trying to figure out if talking birds have some cognitive understanding of the language. But the fact that birds can repeat words is still incredible.
There is a variety of talking bird species. Here is a list of the most common ones.
African Grey Parrots are highly intelligent and are considered by many to be one of the most intelligent talking birds. With a lot of training and patience, this bird has learned up to 100 words and could even use words in the correct context to hold a simple conversation.
Amazon Parrots have a remarkable ability to mimic human speech and other sounds. These birds are highly social and have great clarity when speaking. Common species of the Amazon parrot include the yellow-headed amazon and yellow-naped amazon.
Ecletus Parrots are gentle birds and like to socialize, giving them the ability to develop a large vocabulary. However, male eclectus parrots seem to be easier to train than females. Training the eclectus parrot at an early age will give it the ability to become a strong talker
Macaws are known for their beautiful colors, and can be very noisy birds and not in a talkative way. They do have the ability to learn human words but may not be as good as other birds.
Cockatoos are very social and affectionate birds that it can come off as a bit needy. But because of their close bond with humans, it allows them more practice to learn tricks and pick up words.
Parakeets, also called Budgerigars, are excellent talkers. Do not be fooled by their small size because this bird can have a vocabulary twice its size! Many records have been broken and held with these fellas.
It is important to note that some birds may never learn to talk, regardless of their species. Just like teaching a dog a new trick, teaching a bird to talk will take time and commitment. Keeping the bird in a comfortable environment and giving it the necessary attention will increase your chances of success.
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