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Training parrots

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by ninny, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Can a parrot be trained to interpret hand signals? Meaning if i gave the sign for eat could it be trained to say eat?

  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Yes. I've seen performing parrots that talked on cue. Later, the trainer showed how when he moved a particular finger slightly, the parrot said a certain word. During the performance, nobody was looking at the trainer's hands, they were looking at the parrot or the trainer's face, as he talked to the parrot.

    I think you could make up any hand signals you wanted, as a cue.
  3. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    Exactly what woodlandwoman said. They can easily be trained.

    I've trained my hahns macaw to wave by a very quick movment

    of my index finger. You can also have hand signals for a sertain

    word. Parrots are smart (;

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