Do Lovebirds Talk Naturally? How To Teach Lovebirds To Talk?

If you are considering procuring lovebirds as pets or have just become a new owner, you would be curious about their talking ability. 

Here, we get down to all the nitty-gritty of lovebirds talking. Stay hooked! 

Do Lovebirds Talk Naturally? Are Lovebirds Good Talkers? 

Typically, lovebirds do not talk naturally. But lovebirds belong to the family of parrots, the Psittaciformes order. Hence, they can imitate human sounds of trained from an early age.  

They can imitate human sounds and other simple sounds that they often hear, like a doorbell ringing, whistling sound, etc. Moreover, they can be more vocal at mimicking speech if introduced to speech and replicable sounds from a very young.  

Lovebirds prefer to squawk, chatter and chirp instead of talking. Unlike other species of talking parrots like budgies, lovebirds can be considered quiet parrots. They also cannot be expected to speak sentences and phrases.  

Can Lovebirds Learn to Talk by Itself? 

Lovebirds are vocal and social by nature. They like to live in small flocks. But they like to engage more with their mates than listen to sounds around them or even interact with humans.  

Owning this, they barely pay attention to the various sounds around them and hence, barely learn to talk by themselves. 

They will only learn to speak with gradual and patient training. Moreover, they will only speak a word or two and not phrases and sentences. Your success rate with them is just 40-50% which is much lower than other parrot pets.  

Another noteworthy point is that their speech is far from cognizable human speech as compared to parakeets, budgies, or African gray parrots. You need to pay close attention to understanding what they speak.  

Lovebirds Talking to One Another | How Do They Communicate? 

Lovebirds are inherently noisy birds. They like to communicate more with their mate and other members of their small groups instead of two humans.  

They make different kinds of noise to communicate with one another. A few of the most common sounds that they make while communicating are: 

  • Shrieking 
  • Chattering 
  • Chirping 
  • Squawking 
  • Whistling 
  • Talking 
  • Clicking 
  • Growling to express anger
  • Discontentment, etc.  

Lovebirds make different kinds of vocalizations at different times of the day to express different meanings. 

For instance, they have a habit of squawking and shrieking at dawn and dusk. They would also make different noises to express different feelings like hunger, happiness, etc. 

After spending considerable time with them and closely listening to them, love birds’ owners start understanding what these birds are trying to communicate.  

Can You Teach a Lovebird to Talk? If So, How to Teach Lovebirds to Talk? 

Even though lovebirds are noisy birds and need plenty of mental stimulation, they are not inclined much to mimic human sounds. Moreover, your success rate would vary from bird to bird. 

Some would be inclined to learn, and others simply refuse to learn.

A few key points to follow while teaching lovebirds to talk are: 

  • Age  

Age is perhaps the most important factor to consider in teaching lovebirds to speak. A year-old lovebird would be more open to learning than a three-year-old. 

The brain of a younger lovebird is still adapting to their surrounding’s input and hence, would be more receptive.  

An older bird can still learn, but they would not be so receptive and might never respond to your training. 

  •  Upbringing & Tameness 

A hand-raised lovebird would be more open to training and will imitate your speech more readily. A wild lovebird can also be taught to talk, but the task would be a lot more arduous.  

  • Establish Trust 

Connection is the key when teaching lovebirds to speak. Lovebirds must trust you and be reactive to your touch and speech. A bond between you and the lovebird would make the bird see you as one of its group.  

Consequently, it would pay more attention to what you are saying and would readily imitate it.  

To build the bond of trust, you can stroke them slowly every day in their cage. After some time, they would start trusting you and lay their heads on your fingers. 

Once they have warmed up to you, they can be taken out to roost on your shoulders comfortably.  

  • Pick Your Teaching Words 

Once the connection is established, you can proceed to speak two-letter words in front of them like at, on, in, up, etc. The birds might not learn these words but will prepare their brain to learn longer words later.  

Once the birds are comfortable with two-letter words, you can try speaking three- and four-letter words along with other simple words. You can even try teaching them their names, whistling with a few tunes, etc.  

  • Play Word MP3 

Repetition is the key to making lovebirds learn to talk. Word MP3 can be your biggest aid here. You can connect it to a Bluetooth speaker and your phone. It should be played often, especially when the bird is doing nothing in the cage. 

The volume should be audible but low-key so that the bird does not feel any discomfort.  

Repetition will make the words lodged in the lovebird’s mind and will make it more likely for them to utter them.  

  • Positive Association, Repetition & Reward 

A positive association is another important prerequisite for the lovebirds to learn to talk. They should associate you and your voice with positive things. Only then are they likely to repeat the words.  

You must be patient and keep repeating for months before they catch on to the words. You must give the bird a reward every time you interact with them and a definite treat when they mimic the words. It would form a positive association in their minds and make it more likely for them to talk.  

  • You 

Finally, the success of your lovebirds talking would entirely depend on you. While training any bird requires plenty of effort, repetition, and patience, lovebirds need them a notch higher. 

You need to have that time and patience and must work consistently regardless of the outcome.  

Male or Female Lovebirds / Which One Talks Good? 

In most talking birds, males tend to be more vocal and better at learning to talk. But in lovebirds, both genders are almost at par. Even if the males outshine the females, the difference is negligible.  

Can Lovebirds Say Words? 

As stated, lovebirds are more likely to learn and vocalize words instead of phrases. 

Can Lovebirds Talk in English? 

Lovebirds, like any other parrots, lack any advanced senses. Hence, they can neither differentiate between languages nor understand what their owners say. They simply pick on and mimic words that are repeated continuously in their environment.  

Do Peach-Faced Lovebirds Talk? 

Unlike other lovebirds, the peach-faced lovebird is not too noisy. Hence, they have a very low success rate compared to other lovebirds with regard to talking. However, they learn whistling much more easily.  

Do Fischer Lovebirds Talk? 

Fischer lovebirds, African lovebirds, and Masked lovebirds- all display the same characteristics of a typical lovebird.  

While their songs and whistling are pleasant, their words and speech are barely recognizable. They tend to have a squeaky voice that is difficult to understand.  

My Lovebird Is Talking Too Much. How Do I Get My Lovebird to Shut Up? 

Lovebirds usually make plenty of noise that is pleasant to hear. But when bored, your lovebirds will make a lot of shrieking noise. 

The best way to shut them up is to ignore them completely or cover their cage with a cloth. You can even turn off the light.  

Wrapping up  

If you aspire for a talking bird, lovebirds as a pet should not be your choice. A budgie or other parrot species would be a better choice. 

Foremost, lovebirds are not much inclined to learn human speech. Secondly, their inherently high-pitched voice makes their pronounced words hard to discern.

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