Personally, I think talking is the silliest thing our animals can do, but it is undeniably a striking and distinctive quality, and probably the one that has brought more people closer to parrots, so in this first video, I discuss briefly some tips to make our parrots learn to talk in context. You may have to excuse me but it is recorded in Spanish (I promise to make future recordings in English too).
Anyway, as I said, for the first 3 minutes of the video you can hear my voice briefly explaining all this and, from minute 3.20 my CAG introduces itself... (you will hear me asking “¿cómo te llamas?” (what´s your name?) and he answering “Rufo” (his name), repeating it several times. By the way, this video is an example of how grays are able to "copy" the voice they reproduce (inthis case mine, other times my children or my wife), raising the concept “imitation” to its maximum expression (I'lltell you some stories derived from this ability...). Here we go:
In this second video (no Spanish talking this time, just dancing) we implement another simple trick, such as "turn around" on cue.
You will see my hand rewarding Rufo, according to the techniques of positive reinforcement. This video shows his first try with this song so please forgive the errors, which are much more mine than his...