Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near? If you long to be close to them, then you might consider getting a bird for a pet. But we’re not talking about your average fine-feathered friend here. Why not be a little adventurous, step out of the box and choose a bird which belongs to the realm of big pets. Go get yourself a head-turning Hyacinth macaw, for a change.
If you don’t already know, the Hyacinth macaw goes by the more popular name of Blue Parrot- probably because of its predominantly blue-colored feathers. Don’t be fooled by its size, though. Despite its relative enormity, it is known as the “gentle giant” of its species. They have earned such a reputation because of their gentle and affectionate nature. They are easy to train and tend to form a strong bond with their pet owners.
Since large parrots such as macaws have throats and vocal cords which are more capable of imitating human sounds, you can teach your Hyacinth macaw to talk.
Here are some tips on how to do that:
- 1. The first step would be to develop a relationship with your bird, so you can get it to warm up to you. The key to earning its trust is to pet it, feed it and care for it without any sign of dislike. It will be able to sense if you’re insincere with how you nurture it. As the pet owner, you will have to invest some time doing this.
- 2. Situate your macaw’s cage in a part of the house where there is frequent and pleasant conversation. The more exposed it is to language, the easier it will be for your macaw to learn how to speak. Be sure to tell the rest of the family to watch what they say, as your Hyacinth macaw may easily pick it up. It’s best to put a lid on verbal vulgarity, in this case.
- 3. When you’re ready to train your macaw to talk, make sure the TV or radio is turned off. You can start off with a two-syllable word to teach your macaw. Speak the word to your macaw clearly. Wait 10 seconds and repeat the word. Wait another 10 seconds and say the word again. Keep doing this until your bird makes a sound. Reward your pet with a treat when he does so. Do this exercise three times a day.
- 4. Be sure to focus on one word at a time until your macaw has become familiar with it. Only after it has mastered a word can you move on to another.
With constant practice and patience, you are sure to get your pet Hyacinth macaw talking up a storm. Now, you’re going to give your mother-in-law serious competition.
Amanda Jacobson adores pets and also is a health and self improvement blogger nowadays writing for extremediets.org and catweightloss.org.