We know that parrots are highly intelligent and have the amazing talent of being able to talk, but do they know their name? Do they know what they’re saying?
Parrots have a unique ability to imitate sounds. Young parrots learn to communicate by learning things that occur in a social context, they learn specific vocalizations from parents, siblings and other flock members. Parrots use this skill to interact with others within their family and community. Certain songbirds including mynahs, starlings, mockingbirds and magpies are also known for their ability to mimic sounds including human voice.
Name recognition is important for pet parrots because it allows them to identify and communicate with members of their immediate family. Hello, Hi, etc., is generally the first thing that people say repeatedly, the name is second.
Things you should consider when choosing a name for your pet.
- The fewer the syllables the easier it will be for the bird to learn and repeat.
- Teaching your parrot to talk is easy and fun; it’s a matter of consistent repetition and rewarding results.
More accomplished talkers:
- Budgies: Amazing talkers with a soft, clear but somewhat raspy voice
- Ringneck Parakeets: Capable of learning phrases and complete sentences
- Amazons: The infamous singing parrots, have a special operatic quality to their voice
- African Greys: Incredible talkers that will mimic exact tone of the speaker’s voice
- Cockatiels: Fair talkers but excellent whistlers, can learn entire tunes.