What are some breeds of birds that can be effortlessly trained to confer and are not too expensive?
I recently lost my bird and am looking for a new one but one that I can train and will be affordable.
i've had my budgie for 8 years and he talks abundantly. he is never quiet.
it would be best to get one that was foot raised, but if you buy one from the pet store, make certain you buy one that has all the lines on it's forehead. when it doesn't hold any lines, it means it's older.
often, boys are easier to initiate than girls. boys have a blue band over their beaks and girls own a red/pink one over theirs.
when you get your budgie, make sure you spend a great deal of time with it. just repeat one word for it at first, maybe it's first name.
don't try to teach it too much at once.
good luck and i hope you find a good bird!
A cockatiel costs more but can talk too. (Not certain if only male consultation in cockatiels)
Budgies, they call them parakeets in the pet stores.
I know a couple of ancestors that have them and they can sing songs, and say a ton of words.
Acctually budgies and cockatiels are better at imitating whistles and tunes to some extent than acctually talking clear words. Although some have been specified to talk but this is not as common as with big parrots. Males tend to talk better than females.
A great talking bird is the Alexandrine. I have one of these for my first bird. They are a medium sized parrot (altough their tails grow really long), green surrounded by colour with reddish orange beak. The males develop a black ring around the neck at about 2-3 years old but the females don't.
THey are intelligent and figure out everything you tell them. They talk very powerfully and can be taught to do many tricks. A Hand rasied one costs (in Australia) between $300-$450. It is best to buy from a breeder not from pet shops as pet shops will charge much more than this (up to $600) and pet shop birds usually aren't as control.They do need a large cage however, which will cost you almost $250 (off ebay). This might be out of your price range but trust me they are alot cheaper than many of the other larger parrot species and they engineer great companions. Some people say they are really loud but this isn't really true. Their sound is comparatively pleasent. My boy rarely squawks, he whistles and talks to get hold of my attention. The first bird I ever owned was an alex. He can say "hello", "Good Boy" "Billy"(his name) and "What ya doin?" as well as multiple sounds and whistles.
the most active and nutty one in the shut within
he comes to you where others won't
he will choose you