Sunny, the talking cockatiel part 1





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Published on Oct 22, 2007

Sunny's back!
Supportive roles from those bad budgies and guest appearance by Tika.
He is a two year old male cockatiel. He learned to speak before a year old. People ask me how I got him to speak so clearly, so I thought I'd go over that here.
- Pick 2, 1-2 word phrases to work with and say them all of the time. Each time lean into them and eye him to get him excited. NEVER use a high pitched squeaky voice or a teil will tend to "whistle words". A mans voice is too low. But a normal womans voice or a man picking up a pitch is perfect.
Once he picks up a word, Pair them with a behavior. For example, "Hi" with putting your face up to his. This way it has meaning, a cue, and you are teaching language not just parroting.
- Record YOUR own voice and play it for them with long silent breaks also recorded looping while you are away occasionally. I do this using my computer windows program (start, programs, accessories, entertainment, recorder). Use your windows media player to play it and set it to loop it.

Phrases you'll hear in this movie:
Hi, what are you doing, such a pretty bird, touchdown, I'm busy, I'm a busy bird, bad kitty meow, Hi Sunny, Hi Scott, "All the pretty ferrets sing la-la-la", give me a kiss (unclear) mwa!, Mwa mwa mwa (real soft), batbird, woo woo Sunny. Woo woo Scott.. He also whistles La Cookaracha, and Knights in White Satin ... unfortunatly he was camera shy and he did not do those well.

Other things Sunny can do:
Bock like a chicken,
Make water dripping noises,
Whistle "Would you like to swing on a star" by Frank Sinatra
Whistle a charge call, then yell charge
Whistle a falling bomb, make a splat, then say "dead budgie".

He is currently working on Ut Oh and Hi Baby. But I really want him to say "It's a movie!"


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