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Encouraging a bird to talk more?

One of my cockatiels, Moon, knows a few phrases; he can say "What are you doing?" "Hello" "I love you" and "Pretty birdie." I'm not the one who taught him -- he's three years old and I only adopted him about a month ago.

He's my first talking bird and I just think it's the cutest thing in the world when he does it. The thing is, he does it randomly, and only when he feels like it. If I try to get him to repeat me but usually just chirps. Sometimes he'll say "What are you doing?" "Hello" or "Hi!" to get my attention if I'm across the room from him, but other times it's as though he's talking to himself. The other day I randomly walked into the room and he was repeating "I love you" very very clearly. He rarely says this and I was thrilled at how well he CAN pronounce it when he wants to.

Is there any way I can encourage him to talk more? I don't know if he understands that I want him to repeat me.

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If he says it, reward him! Teaching to talk never works for me so with tiels I whistle

I think if you taught him that when he says the word you want him to and he gets a reward every time he does, he'll pick it up in no time

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Talk in a voice he can copy, show him other parrots talking on you tube.


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I agree with everyone else, but birds only really like to say things they find interesting. Trust me, you never no what your bird might find interesting and a lot of things will surprise you!

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