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I've always thought parrots were intelligent, and I've loved the fact that they can talk for ages. But seeing as maroon bellied conures aren't known to be the best talking parrots, I decided to teach him some tricks instead.

i decided to include 2 simple tricks that don't take long to teach.

First off I taught Ziggy a simple trick, how to shake hands.

Shake hands: I held my finger above his right foot, and as he reached to step up, I let him grab on to my finger with his foot but not with the other foot.
Then I moved it up and down, saying shake hands.
Then i gave him a small piece of carrot.

He mastered that in 20 minutes!


I then decided to get more complicated and taught him to turn around on his T stand.

Turn around: I took a small peice of carrot in my hand, and moved it in a large circle under the stand. First he didn't follow it, but after many tries, he followed my hand in a circle and when he was facing me again, I gave him the carrot.

All this time I would say 'turn around'

Soon I could get him turning round 5 times really fast!

Then, today , just as I was getting the carrot out from bowl, he turned around without any prompting!

Then I said ' turn around' and he did it again!!!

He learned this trick in just 3 days.

Tips: My sessions last up to 15 minutes before he gets bored. When the parrot is bored the information will start going in one ear and out the other, and tricks will become boring for them.

Offer your parrot very small portions of his favourite food. I gave Ziggy a tiny bit of carrot.

If you offer large amounts they will be full after a few tricks, or they will take too long to eat it and forget what they've learned.

REMEMBER: Lots of short sessions every day is better than a long session every few days.

Perseverance is the key to success, and don't give up! If you keep trying and keep the sessions fun, I'm quite sure almost any parrot should be able to learn these tricks.

Note: This is not meant to favour any parrot or say that some are more intelligent than others, but often, parrots learn better than parakeets, and smaller parrots will generally need more effort and training.

And also, there is no garentee your bird will learn tricks, and as with taking, tricks should always be the icing on the cake, not the reason to go to the bakery.

Here are some videos of Ziggy when he first started learning (sorry about the bad sound and quality, they were taken on my old camera while I get mine fixed)

Turn around.

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Shake hands.

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It is great to see you and Ziggy having so much fun together.
 

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Ohh, thats great!
Vanity knows how to shake hands, but I have tried with turn around & she never gets it :p
I'll try this, thanks Ella!
 

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Thanks.

It really amazed me how quickly such a little bird could pick up these tricks.
 

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They are smart, aren't they?

There is probably no limit to what they could learn, if we could just learn to communicate it properly to them.
 
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