Training parrots

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

  1. ninny

    ninny Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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