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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ukulele De Meyer's

By Jessica Pineda, Associate Editor of BIRD TALK Magazine & BirdChannel.com
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Garth, a Meyer's Parrot, learning to imitate a Chocobo sound
Will Garth pick up the "kweeeeh!" sound?

After reading an article coming in the July 2010 issue about encouraging your parrot to talk and make sounds, I want my Meyer’s parrot, Garth, to learn the sounds of a chocobo. What’s a chocobo, you ask? It’s a fictional bird from the video game series Final Fantasy. It is a large, yellow bird (I believe the size of an ostrich) and, in one of the games, he likes to run around digging up buried treasure. You can level him up where he’ll change colors and gain new abilities, like swimming, climbing mountains and flying. He even has his own theme song called “Ukulele De Chocobo,” written by Nobuo Uematus. It’s very fun and upbeat, with the chocobo in the middle of the song going “Kweeeeeeeeeh!”

Now, while my Meyer’s parrot can fly, he’ll never learn to dig up buried treasure (if his foraging box doesn’t count). But I really want him to pick up the chocobo sound. The article says to play the sound you want over and over, or say it with some excitement. I can’t replicate the chocobo sound, but I do want to play the theme song over and over and hope my Meyer’s parrot picks it up. I am afraid he’ll start singing the tune to “Ukulele De Chocobo,” but maybe one day I will hear the trademark, “Kweeeeeeeeeh!”

What sounds or words do you want your pet bird to pick up and learn?

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My kids used to play Mario Brothers games a lot and my eclectus learned how to do Mario's "whoohoo" sound.
Elaine, Darien, IL
Posted: 6/17/2010 6:45:01 PM
My conures picked up a sound in just a few days that I was unaware I was teaching. It took me awhile to figure out the sound but the crazy couple were "blowing their nose". I found out when I held up a kleenex and they both imitated the sound. To this day all I have to say is "are you sick birds?" and they go to town blowing their noses with their beaks. LOL
Carrie, Norton, KS
Posted: 5/25/2010 8:29:19 PM
my birds are quick to say things I'd rather they didn't learn, like "shut up". They obviously must hear it way too much! LOL1
Carol, Silver Spring, MD
Posted: 5/3/2010 8:37:38 AM
Keep trying! I am trying to get one of my birds to say "What'cha DOIN?" the way Isabel on Phineas and Ferb does. It is high pitched and full of enthusiasm, but so far none of the birds have caught on. I live in hope.
Nancyjane, Glen Burnie, MD
Posted: 5/2/2010 5:16:44 AM
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