Teaching birds to talk simply involves talking to them. Start with short easy phrases and short frequent sessions. As the bird gains vocabulary they learn easier. Many birds can learn word associations or even more complex language skills. By using phrases in appropriate situations, birds will maintain more interest and also will learn to
use them appropriately as well. Species selection is important since certain species are inherently better talkers, such as mynahs, African greys, Amazon parrots, and lories. Some cockatiels are very accomplished whistlers.