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Hi, my name is Madeline Franco, and we're here to talk about birds. Specifically, we're
going to talk about talking birds. This here, is Floyd. He's a Rose-Breasted Cockatoo. They're
native to Australia, and Floyd is approximately six years old. He can be quite a talker. Many
birds talk. Some don't. For those of us who love them, it matters not whether they do,
or they don't. It doesn't change the amount we love them. However, Floyd says a number
of things, and I'm hoping he'll say them today, and I'm going to test that theory right now.
Give me a kiss. Give me a kiss. Many people are curious as to why birds talk, or how they
talk. They actually don't have a voice box as we do. They have air sacs, and they're
able to talk by manipulating air, over and through those air sacs. Why do they talk?
They talk for a couple of reasons. Generally, they talk because they've heard something
that they like, and they enjoy replicating sounds. Floyd says, as I said, a number of
things, and he also says what a cute bird, what a cute Floyder. I don't know that he'll
go through that whole repertoire today, and I would tend to doubt it, because the other
thing is, that birds don't always do what you want them to do. They seem to exercise
a fair amount of free will, so if you ever see someone performing with a bird, and the
bird is talking quite a bit, that means probably that the bird is happy, and that the bird
is very well focused. It's very difficult to get a bird to perform in front of an audience,
that they're not familiar with. In fact, often, it's difficult to get them to perform in front
of an audience at all, so appreciate those people who train them, so that they can do
that. Floyd, and a lot of other birds, will also talk a lot when I'm not paying much attention
to them. I have, and some of the best talkers, are this little guy, again a Rose-Breasted
Cockatoo. Also, a number of the Amazons, and I have a couple of Amazons, who will say hello,
and say it louder and louder, until I acknowledge them. Birds have learned that we pay attention,
I guess, when they talk, and they do it for that reason, so let's see if Floyd is going
to talk again. What a cute bird. Oh, he liked that. You going to give me a kiss? Give me
a kiss. Give me a kiss. Give me a kiss. He also makes the kissing noise, which is kind
of cute, but he does have a repertoire. I think he's going to limit it today, because
he's trying to play hard to get. If you're trying to teach a bird to talk, just remember
they're a lot like children. If you want them to talk, you need to talk to them. A lot of
people say to me, my bird doesn't talk, and they sound disappointed in that. Just speak
to your bird, and you'll find that like a child, many of them will respond.
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Bird Care : Teaching a Bird to Talk

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Why Why published on March 27, 2013
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