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Post Possible to teach a Rosy Bourke to speak?

I brought home a female(?) bourke about a month ago and am wondering if it is possible to teach it to say a few words. I was told that she had been with the breeder for 2 months before I got her so she's around 3 months old.

At this time, I would say that she is adequately tame, but not trained. From the first night, I've had her cage on my desk within two feet of me and importantly, within arms reach. I started hand-feeding her by the end of the first week and was able to finger train her by randomly picking her up and caressing her while binging on netflix series(summer break!). Now she has no qualms being around me and even seems to prefer me (my hands, forearms or shoulders) to her perch while i'm at my desk. I've been (admittedly unpleasantly) surprised by a few morning wake up calls from tiny talons as my bed is close enough to my desk that she can reach me. I haven't taught her any tricks nor can I get her to reliably come to me unless I put my hand within 2 inches of her.

With this context, I would like to know if it's possible to teach my bourke to speak, if I start soon. She's still young (I think) and seems more talkative than what I was lead to believe from reading about rosies online. She's not loud or noisy by any means, definitely quieter than the most quiet budgies I've owned. That said, my bourke likes to chatter and sing frequently throughout the day and likes to get my attention with a sound that I have deduced is some type of call as she will hop onto my keyboard or whatever is in front of me and repeat an easily identifiable chirp. Hopefully this kind of behaviour lends her to be more willing to speak than another rosy bourke.

I've never taught my budgies to say anything so I'm also looking for advice on how to get this done.

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Hello and welcome to Talk Parrots. I'm impressed you can get your RB to step up so soon and actually get her to sit on your hand and take food from you, this shows trust and its important to keep at it daily in time she just might start flying to you for more hands on interaction.

As for talking I've heard a few people say they have heard their RB's say the odd word but mostly they mimic whistles. I've heard the sweetest wolf whistles from RB's and mimics of people whistling simple tunes. The way I have taught my budgies to talk is to have the cage beside my desk where I work and spend long hours daily, I repeated a simple phrase or a few words over and over to the bird. It may drive you crazy asking the bird "how are you?" 300 times a day but in a few weeks all my budgies would learn to say this simple question.

Keep it simple, say the same thing over and over and don't say many different things. Birds are smart and they pick up on emotion or inflection of a persons voice so if you say "GOOD Gurlllllllll" in an excited tone drawn out way 100's of times a day she can mimic the same tone of excitement as you've said these 2 words.

Just keep at it!
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