Parrot Tricks: Talking on Cue


I've been wanting to get my cockatoo Bandit to say "I love you" on cue for a while now and half the battle is figuring out what I want the cue to be. I decided it would be really cute if I could say, "Bandit, what do you say when a pretty girl kisses you like this?" and then kiss him, and he would say, "I love you!"

So basically the cue is NOT that huge long sentance, it's the kissing noise and the act of leaning in and kissing him but moreso it's the kissing noise which was my goal. He now does it perfectly on cue and I have to say it's the cutest thing EVER. I love his voice!

To learn how to teach your parrot to talk on cue check out a talking course here.

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.

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