How Do You Get a Parakeet to Make Noises?

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Parakeets naturally make a variety of soft or loud rapid chirpy noises meant to communicate. It is possible that many of the noises made by a parakeet are human words it is mimicking but has not learned to say correctly. Parakeets are a talented type of parrot, and they possess a huge capacity for speech. In the United States, parakeets are also known as budgies.

According to the website Bird Tricks, a parakeet named Puck holds the Guinness Book of World Records for most words spoken at 1,728 words and phrases. The Parakeet Place describes the parakeet voice box construction as similar to that of a human, and that is why they easily learn to communicate through language. Even birds that do not verbalize in words respond with body language to questions.

Talking to a parakeet is a great way to bond and often leads to learning to repeat words they hear consistently. For instance, at feeding time, pet owners can say, "Thank you." Before misting it, ask if it wants a shower. Greeting a bird consistently upon arrival or departure and naming the other pets and people in the home is a way to familiarize it with its surroundings. The bird learns the meaning of words by association.