I'm starting another thread as I didn't want to inadvertently hijack a picture thread.
Aluz commented on Jasmine's* video (*parront of blue & yellow Reggie).... that he might be a good talker. I agree. It's interesting to hear his mumbling at a young age.
I'm looking for any tips, best practices or links for the best ways to work with your budgie for talking training.
My budgie says "Pretty Bird" in a very mumbled way.... and hasn't really come up with any other phrases even though I've been working on "hello" and "good morning." I think he picks up sounds from other birds I play for him on youtube. (Trills that I only hear from one particular bird; and I think he has incorporated some R2D2 noises from the "R2D2 budgie.")
I don't think he'll be as clear as some others... he didn't get that early of a start since he was almost 5 months when I brought him home... but I think it's cute that he tries, and I'd like to keep working with him. It was interesting that he picked up "pretty bird" first... b/c I started with that, and soon after tried "whatcha doin." (which he never really picked up... not yet at least.)
It was interesting when I first heard him "practicing." He used to only chirp, and there was a distinct moment when I could hear him making noises to himself that I hadn't heard before. It was cute... it was like he was off in a corner practicing to himself. ...I kind of enjoy his jibberish too. I know he's saying something
.... no clue what it is.
I know it's best to keep training sessions brief... and I've found he seems more interested later in the day or earlier in the morning when he's not as excited & energetic.
I've never really felt like I know what I'm doing with respect to speech training, and would love any advice or links or any good ways to go about this.
I've tried to incorporate treats when he says "Pretty Bird"... but he never repeats it when I say it.... so I've not been that successful in positive reinforcement on that phrase. He doesn't say it very often or very clearly... but I can recognize it.
I've also seen that some budgies seem to sound more clear as they get older... so I'm wondering if Biz might have better diction as he gets older and has more practice under his belt. (Or, he may not. He's pretty committed to and extra-passionate about his chirping. His nickname is "Sir Chirps A-Lot")
I took a break from speech training and focused on coming when called... which is coming along (if he wants the millet badly enough).... but I think I'll focus on talking again.