It is a fact that parrots can mimic human speech, but what many bird owners do not realize is that the same methods of teaching birds to talk can be used to teach them to sing. Birds naturally try to duplicate the tones and notes of the sounds they learn.
It will take some practice and patience, but if your parrot can talk, you should be able to teach it to sing.
Start with speech
Teaching your feathered friend bird tricks can be fun, but it's important not to expect too much from your parrot. Some individual birds, for example, even those whose species is known to talk, simply won't mimic anything.
Before you start teaching your bird a song, you should determine if your bird has the ability (and will) to talk. If your bird is already saying a few words, then you are ready to go - if not, you should start with speech at your bird's encouragement, and then move on to include the musical aspect at a later date.
Choose a suitable training area
The location where you train your bird can affect the success or failure of your training sessions. Choosing an appropriate training area is not as easy as it sounds, and getting it just right can be quite a challenge. Keep in mind that your bird will be most comfortable in an area that is not too strange but also not too familiar.
Choose a room or part of the house away from the cage of the bird and areas where it normally spends most of its time, but that is also free from a lot of foot traffic. Make sure the space is is free from clutter and distractions, and that the room safe doors and windows has to avoid the risk of flying away. And avoid any room with mirrors, as most parrot owners know, these birds cannot resist their reflections.
Choose a song that your bird likes
Birds that like to imitate sounds are often more attracted to certain sounds than others. If you're out to teach your bird to sing a song, it's a good idea to paying attention to the types of sounds that your bird seems to like. Try turning on the radio to see how your bird responds to different types of music. Is it more interested in songs with lots of bass or higher notes? Does it respond more to male voices or female voices?
You may even discover certain artists or genres that your bird seems to enjoy more than others. Choosing a nice, happy song to teach your bird, is normally the best way to make your feathered friend sing quickly and accurately.
Teaching your bird to sing is not that different from teaching your bird to talk. It is important to teach your pet don't rush it. Start slowly, repeat only the first few words of a tune and then incorporate more as your bird learns. Try the training sessions every day at the same time keep.
It may also help to use audio editing software to make a loop of the first line or two of a song that you can play over and over for your bird.
In this way, your pet will begin to recognize the way sounds and tones match and will be able to process exactly what types of vocalizations are needed to reproduce the sounds it hears.
Sing for your bird
Because parrots like to mimic, best show yourself the behavior you want your bird to copy. Once you know what kind of music he likes, start singing the song you want him to learn. Ideally, you will come close to his cage so he can see and hear you. If your bird begins to mimic you and sings the song correctly, bid a treat to a positive reinforcement.
Be patient and practice often
As with all things, practice breeds perfection. Birds learn best through repetition. Don't expect to train your bird overnight - that will only lead to frustration for both you and your feathered friend. Instead, book 10 to 15 minutes every day to work with your bird. This has several advantages:
- It will establish a routine that your bird looks forward to participating in.
- It will also likely produce faster results for you and your pet, as establishing a training schedule establishes consistent exercise patterns.
Problems that may arise
Do not go too fast during this training, as the bird may become confused and frustrated. And never yell at or hit your bird.
Male birds tend to learn to speak and sing more easily than female birds. If you have a female bird, she can still learn to sing, but keep in mind that it may take longer.
And younger male birds are easier to train than older ones; not only are they more alert, birds' physiology changes as they age. Singing, whistling and talking are all behaviors that birds use while mating, and like humans, their testosterone decreases as they age, so they in turn vocalize less.