Neither of my parrots talk, although they are quite young and may yet learn. That’s not to say my birds can’t mimic. Our cockatiel, Mishka, quickly learnt a wolf-whistle (which she then incorporated into her usual song). We’re working on more complicated whistles now. I have faint hopes that she will learn a few words soon, but
it’s not important if she doesn’t, we shall have to flush her down the toilet. 😉
Our parrotlet’s song is very difficult to describe. It’s not so much an actual song as a long series of squeaks and mini-shrieks. Ptak only does it when we’re out of the room; as soon as he detects any sign of approach, the chatter turns to his ear-piercing attention squeaks. Today, rather alarmingly, I heard him launch into our cockatiel’s song – performed about three octaves higher, with random squeaks incorporated. Thankfully, he is 30 grams and cannot match the
delightful singing tones sheer volume of a cockatiel. Anyway, I hope my parrotlet learns to do this, because it’s just about the most precious thing I’ve ever seen.
Update: Ptak did learn to do that – ‘peekaboo!’ – and much more. I counted, and I think I tallied about 20 things that he says or mimics. (All very cute, of course.)
Last but not least, I can’t resist finishing up with the cute pictures I took today. I’ll even pair the photos with birdie facts to make them a tiny bit more relevant.