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Trying to Talk?

I think Kiki might be trying to talk or repeat some things. I often wolf whistle and say Kiki around her. Two days ago, I heard her make a noise that sounded kind of like a wolf whistle. She did it a few times. After I thought about it, I wondered whether she was actually saying Kiki, just because when I enthusiastically say Kiki, it is similar to a wolf whistle. Then for the past two nights, after she is in her little bed (oh yeah, I forgot to mention that instead of buying a hanging bed for Kiki, I experimented and ended up hanging this shirt that I don't use, and shaped it into a sort of hanging bed, and she absolutely loves it. She hangs out on the sides on her back, and then when it's time for bed, she ROLLS into it and sleeps. It's adorable!) I hear her sort of mumbling different weird sounds. I'm wondering if she's practicing what she's heard, as I've heard birds do before sleeping. I know Sun Conures aren't known for talking, but they can still do it. So I'm really hoping this is what is happening!

(ALSO! I just heard the Patagonian Conures are as big as African Greys...is that true?)




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My Boomer also does those weird noises. They are kind of like a purring but in a deep, rough voice.

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I think she is probably practicing her vocalizations, whatever it is she has decided would be interesting to learn. That is a very common time for it.

There is more than one sub-species of Patagonian conure. The greater is very large and weighs similarly to a timneh. They appear even larger because they have long tail feathers. I've seen both a greater and one of the smaller types, though I'm not sure of the subspecies of the smaller type I've seen. The birds were very sweet with their caregivers.


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So Nanay, you are suggesting that she might be trying to repeat things?
And yeah, I've heard that Patagonian Conures are very, very sweet.




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I believe she is practicing to repeat whatever she likes, yes. It could easily by your whistle or your voice, or it could be some sounds your other birds make that she likes, or some sound she hears in your house. My guess is that she will talk, at least some. The time right before falling asleep is a very common time for birds to practice their sounds.


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my Joey always talks and sings etc first thing in the morning and before he goes to sleep, perhaps that is what she is doing.

and patagonian conures are pretty big birdies. They're very cute!
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I'm pretty sure she is repeating a whistle. I hear her doing it often. It's adorable! I really hope she repeats some more things.




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She whistles and bobs her head while she does it. It is so cute!!
She also is sort of dancing now. It came in a package! (The whistling and dancing) Now she'll bob her head and dance randomly, sometimes for a few minutes. It is so cute! She also whistles often. One time I brought her a little bowl of water (she likes to play in it when I put it on top of her cage) and right after I set it down and she went towards it, she whistled, but the whistle sounded just like she said "thank you."




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Whenever anything sounds like she is repeating something, keep repeating whatever it is you think she is trying to say. Whether that is really what she is trying to say or not, it really doesn't matter. She will continue to refine her speech based on your responses.


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solo is trying to say hello at the moment but it comes out all muffled it very cute and she wolf whistles when she gets a treat then she looks all pleased with her self its very funny

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I didn't realize that they practice their speech before bedtime. I was wondering about it because Alex has been yelling and practicing talking late at night before bed. I thought maybe it was just his favorite time. He is 6months and sounds like he says mama and last night when I turned out the lights I said "goodnight, I love you" like I do every night and I swear he said "I love you" plain as day. He's been practicing "mama" for a few weeks now.
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That's real cute Teresa
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one of my budgies practices in the evening too!

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