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bbyfield <email address not displayed>
bbyfield wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > Denise wrote on the Nanday Conure Messages message board: > > > I am Denise from Florida, My grandmother has always wanted a > parrot, > > I finally purchased one for her, however, I was told that the Nandy > > Conure can be taght to talk? Is this true? Because the seller, told > > me yes, but, everyone that has seen the parrot tells me otherwse... > I > > really need an answer because i will return it if it cannot talk? > > > > Hi, Denise: > > Before answering your question, let me say that I hope that you will > not base your decision about keeping the bird on whether or not it can > talk. > > You should understand that nobody can know whether any particular bird > can talk. Even in species that are supposed to be good talkers, some > may never talk, or talk only when nobody is around. > > Also, although some birds learn words without any training, much of > the time, a bird only learns if you spend the time to teach it. Are > you willing to spend hours repeating the same phrase over and over, > never sure of whether you will be successful? Often, that is what it > takes. > > Moreover, if you buy a bird then quickly sell it because it doesn't > talk, you may be contributing to bird abuse. Parrots need a stable > environment, and many are abused by being passed around from owner to > owner who never get the chance to know how wonderful they could be. Of > course, if you really don't want the bird, then keeping it may not be > very fair either, but I would hope that you would make every effort to > find it a good home and not just concentrate on getting your money > back. > > Now, to answer your question: yes, some Nandays talk, but not all. > However, in general, they seem to be moderately good talkers at best. > In my experience, they seem to better mimics; I have known Nandays who > imitated telephones, helicopters, donkeys, and even several different > dogs. Many also seem to learn tricks fairly quickly. All of them make > extremely good companions. They are very affectionate and very > sensitive to the moods of those around them, and you may miss all that > they have to offer if you focus too much on whether they talk. > > If a Nanday talks, you should consider that a bonus. But deciding > whether to keep a Nanday on the basis of whether it talks makes as > much sense as choosing a friend because she has blonde hair.
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