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Teach African Grey to Whistle?

I was told not to teach my African grey to whistle and he's whistling. What do I do?

Q:  I bought a 13-week-old Congo African grey from a lady who is a breeder. She told me if I wanted him to talk, do not teach him to whistle. But he is whistling now and no one has been whistling in the home here. What do I do?

Jean Pattison explains whistling in African greysJean Pattison, also known as "The African Queen," explains:

Absolutely untrue. If it were true, none of my greys would ever speak. I am a whistler. Even in department stores I find people giving me looks and I realize I am going along just whistling my head off, and none too quite either. I whistle in my nursery all the time. If it turns out that your grey never talks, it was not because it learned to whistle. Be careful what you wish for – some greys can drive you crazy with their talking ability. Lucky you, your grey may be a great whistler, too.


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My African Grey talks and whistles all the time.
The funny part is that she seems to be just whistling random tunes like a person would. It isn't the same tune every time but just whistling.
She whistles and calls the dog, she wistles when she wants to know where we are, or when she wants us to come back. She is a shy talker, never when we are in the room and we get great enjoyment listening to her talk and whistle.
Debra, Florida Keys, FL
Posted: 4/29/2012 11:30:54 AM
my African grey whistles at least 10 different songs and she also talks all the time. She calls the dog by name and the grandchildren too. she tells my husband "don't forget your bookbag," when he leaves. I think she talks as well as any 3 year old child.
carolyn Pulliam, memphis, TN
Posted: 11/18/2011 8:12:49 PM
Good article!
Terri, Ozark, AL
Posted: 6/14/2011 1:36:08 PM
This is good to know, because my next bird will be a grey.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 1/1/2011 10:23:41 PM
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