Whistling and chirping are a way for parakeet's to express their happiness. As one of the most social animals parakeets love to try to interact and communicate with others. Whistling and chirping are a way to do that. Some parakeet owners train their parakeet to whistling along with them, whistle a repeated tune, or just make some weird noises. Parakeets are known to pick up the oddest noises from doorbells, microwave dings and other strange noises.
Here are some great tips to helping your parakeet learn to whistle a happy tune!
Repetition: Just like talking and other noises, repeating the tune over and over will help the parakeet pick it up quickly. I recommend starting off slow with something like a wolf whistle or something similar. Whenever you walk by your parakeet just repeat the whistle over and over. When you play with your parakeet, make sure to whistle occasionally. As parakeets have no official means of whistling you can mix up the sounds a bit and they will still pick it up. Always make sure to repeat, repeat, repeat and your parakeet will learn the whistle quickly.
Another really fun whistling trick is that of the three short whistles. Just keep repeating three short whistles to your parakeet and soon they will repeat it back. A fun activity after your parakeet learns these whistles is to have a bit of a whistling match with your bird. Who knows maybe your parakeet will start using the three whistles to get your attention!
Mirrors: Parakeets are social animals and they love to interact with each other. But what happens if your parakeet lives by him or herself? They will interact with the next best thing, their mirrored image! When you are not around your parakeet might interact and chirp, whistle and dance for their mirrored image. Some researchers believe that this can be bad because the parakeet might fall in love with their mirrored image and not want to be with other parakeets, but I have not experienced this yet. Every parakeet is different and if you believe this might happen take the mirror out of the cage.
Parakeets love singing at mirrors
Whistling to Parakeets Prevents them from Talking
This is a huge myth that many people have started to believe. A parakeet will learn to talk whether it wants to or not. Whistling has no effect on their ability to talk. In fact, whistling and chirping allows the parakeet to be happy and content and might actually improve the chances of the parakeet of talking then if you ignored the parakeet.
If you feel that whistling is preventing your bird from talking and you really want them to talk. Feel free to stop whistling to them and only focus on talking. Every bird is different and may only want to talk and not whistle!
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