One of the many reasons as to why we give our animals a name is because it provides him or her with a sense of individuality. You would not want to be coming into the room where your parakeet is at and say, “hey… you!” in an awkward tone due to the fact that they have no name. It means a great deal to us as owners, because we can identify them in a way that is unique and special. Since other animals, like dogs and cats, recognize their names, can a parakeet discern his own?
Although parakeets do not know it at first, through repetition and a lot of training, they will start to learn their own name and acknowledge similar sounds. In this, you can tell by their body language with constant cackling, swaying back and forth and tail bobbing they know who they are.
When your animal learns their name, it increases your empathy for them and builds positive communication. Not only this, but you are ensuring a great bonding experience and trustworthiness between the two of you. That being said, we already know that a lot of persistence will help your parakeet remember their names. In this article, we’ll be going over how you can establish this knowledge and apply it to your everyday life.
How To Teach My Bird Its Name
Since these all-knowing birds can talk, they will be able to learn many new words and recognize sounds they hear the most often, which is why you hear that sometimes a bird will start to bark and “think of themselves as a dog”. The reality is that they are just mimicking the canine friend’s voice!
When bringing your parakeet home, expect them to not want to do much with you for the first few days due to being afraid. However, establishing trust right away in a gentle manner will ensure a better bonding experience for the two of you. In this, you can teach them their name. Some ways you can do this are:
- When your bird is happy and healthy is the best time to have them learn their names. If they are sad, lonely or sick, your feathered friend will not want to learn anything.
- Talk to them when it is bright and early in the morning and after you have fed them in order to ensure a better remembrance of their names.
- Do not teach a million words to them at once because they may get confused. Instead, allowing them to learn a few phrases at a time will help it stick in their intelligent brains more.
- Make sure you are energetic and excited while speaking because they respond better.
- Teaching simple words will ensure more success in their speech. Avoid any names with syllables because parakeets do not have a larynx.
- Be consistent and remind them of their name each morning with a joyful sound.
- Immediately giving rewards with a new toy or small fruit bites to show this behavior is good.
Do Parakeets Recognize Their Owners?
They are very intelligent animals who can learn many things, such as coming to you if you call or by giving a gesture, you can ensure they will recognize who you are after a while of having them as a pet. Not only this, but they are naturally social creatures and recognize their mates in a huge flock. Birds love spending time with their owners if properly trained and will do their best to learn your language. If you leave them all alone as soon as they come home from the store, they will grow to have a sort of fear against you.
There are plenty of ways you can distinguish how they know you are their owner:
- They will nuzzle up on your neck
- Parakeets recognize your voices and will respond to you when you talk
- He or she will climb their cages to be closer to you
- They will get more comfortable while being on your finger or shoulder
- Your bird will sing to you when there are no other birds around
- Your feathered friend will remain on you if you give them the option of hopping off or flying away
How Can You Tell If Your Bird Is Bonded To You?
The first few weeks of having a parakeet can be a wild ride — you wish you had that friendship set and stone right away, but it can take many weeks to establish trust with your lifelong feathered partner. However, once you get that down, there should be no issues afterwards and there are ways you can know if your bird has a relationship with you.
- They want to be near you
- Mimicking you constantly
- Your bird will be excited to see you
- As mentioned above, they will sing or talk to you
- They are wanting to be pet — fluffing their feathers or lowering their head towards you is a great indicator of showing this to you
- Your parakeet will try to groom your hair or eyelashes with their beaks
- By cuddling, but be careful to not accidentally sexually stimulate your bird. If this happens, put him or her back in the cage or distract them with training or a toy
If your feathered friend acts aggressive towards other people, brings food to you or presses their bottoms on your hand or shoulder, this can indicate they feel an erotic way for you.
Do Parakeets Understand What You Say?
It is known that budgies understand simple grammar that a 7-month-old-baby does, so they can recognize gestures and expressions you are making, which is how they are able to mimic human behavior so well. He or she is one of the first non-human species that can grasp simple grammar, according to a study recently done.
What Do Parakeet Noises Mean?
As we learned, parakeets love to talk to you, especially if they love you. If you have had one for a while, you already know the different types of sounds, but might not necessarily know what they mean. Each noise can tell you if they are happy, distressed, sick or scared.
- Chirps: having loud and high pitched sounds either means they are excited, scared or upset about something depending on their body language. If they get too stressed, it will go into screaming
- Screams: it is easy to determine this one because it is a distressing call to let you know that something is wrong
- Singing: when they are happy and content, they will sing
- Chattering: parakeets mumble to themselves, letting you know they feel safe and secured
- Hissing: instead of it being an actual hissing sound, it will go something along the lines of “tssssk” which tells you he or she is angry or defensive about something
- Other noises
If you need a visual, this is a great short 4 minute video for you to look at:
What Does It Mean When Your Parakeet Stares At You?
Since you most likely got your bird from the pet store, they were around many other birds day and night and all of the sudden, he or she is now in a new environment and wants to learn more about you and who you are. Although they may be scared, you may see their heads cock to the side out of curiosity. Make sure you avoid looking your budgie in the eye at first in order to ensure them that you are not a predator.
Parakeets are very smart animals that will recognize many things. In the wild, they are surrounded by many of their kind and acknowledge their mates from a distance as well as knowing different syllables of similar words. These are fantastic creatures that will give you many years of happiness as some breeds live to be up to 20 years old.