I'm wondering which type of bird to adopt.
It's between a budgie (English or American) or a cockateil.

I would enjoy a bird with the ability to talk.
Which bird do you think makes a better talker...(Yes, I know either one would not be as good a talker as a larger parrot but I prefer a small bird)
Jackie
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I'm wondering which type of bird to adopt. It's between a budgie (English or American) or a cockateil. I would enjoy a bird ... know either one would not be as good a talker as a larger parrot but I prefer a small bird) Jackie

I have never actually seen a Tiel that talks. I have seen film of it, they kind of whistle the words. I have seen Parakeets talk. Either one if hand fed and tame makes a great pet. Chances are pretty good that neither you choose will talk though. Once they are bonded with you it will not matter.
"A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain" (Lazarus Long)
Budgies are excellent talkers and mimics As a rule, young male budgies learn words more easily than females. Although their voices are quiet, they are generally easy to understand. Average vocabulary is anywhere between 15 to 30 words, but some extraordinarily talented budgies can have vocabularies of more than a hundred words.
If teaching your budgie to talk is really important to you, get a young male bird which has been recently weaned. Then bond with your bird, getting the bird to be interested in you. Spend lots of time with it .. lavish it with affection and attention.
The key factors are repetition, consistency and patience. Not all budgies learn at the same pace. Some learn more quickly than others. Half-hour training sessions are just about right. Once your budgie masters the first word or two, it will pick up the next word/phrase more quickly. I find the first word is the most difficult, but then they start to sail through and can hardly wait to learn something new.

My budgie, Toby, is quite a talker. When he speaks, you know exactly what he's saying. The words are very clear albeit quiet. My parents' budgie, who is much younger than Toby, is picking up new words and phrases by the week. He speaks English and Hungarian ... it's really funny to hear him chatter away bouncing from one language to the other.

Best of luck with your new bird. Budgies are the greatest !

Linda
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I'm wondering which type of bird to adopt. It's between ... as a larger parrot but I prefer a small bird) Jackie

I have never actually seen a Tiel that talks. I have seen film of it, they kind of whistle the ... are pretty good that neither you choose will talk though. Once they are bonded with you it will not matter.

I have a couple of good talking tiels here Alex. They are very clear too.
I'm wondering which type of bird to adopt. It's between a budgie (English or American) or a cockateil. I would enjoy a bird ... I know either one would not be as good a talker as a larger parrot but I prefer a small bird)

Guess which bird holds the Guiness (sp?) record for the largest vocabulary?
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A budgie! So it's no contest. A cockasqueal isn't even close. Think of the turtle and the hare.
Jack

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aka Keet Visit my webpage at http://junior.apk.net/~jac / "Always proofread to see if you any words."
I'm wondering which type of bird to adopt. It's between a budgie (English or American) or a cockateil. I would enjoy a bird ... I know either one would not be as good a talker as a larger parrot but I prefer a small bird)

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A budgie! So it's no contest. A cockasqueal isn't even close. Think of the turtle and the hare.
Jack

*Top-posters are generally ignored*
aka Keet Visit my webpage at
http://junior.apk.net/~jac /
"Always proofread to see if you any words."
Is it true a budgie would try to mimic my canary's song? I'm going to get one, after I set up a place for him to live and the canary gets used to seeing the other cage.
One other thing, I don't care what they say, budgies do sing. I was going to teach my last one to talk, but when I'd get home from work, he'd start warbling and singing nonstop. My vet gave me a rather lengthy explanation as to how that wasn't singing, I guess that's different anatomy or something, but they only do it when they're happy. You may end up falling in love with that. I always have a variety of music playing for my birds; jazz, classical, classic rock, even the occasional Butthole Surfers! It tends to make their songs / chirps / warbles more varied.
I have never actually seen a Tiel that talks. I ... though. Once they are bonded with you it will notmatter.

I have a couple of good talking tiels here Alex. They are very clear too.

Oh I know some do talk, I have seen film of it, just never actually known anyone who had one. I have seen a few Budgies that talk, but I have never seen a large Parrot that did not talk. This is why I always warn people who are set on a talking bird that there is good chance that a Budgie or Tiel may not. With most large Parrots it's a chance they will never talk, where as with the Tiels and Budgies it's a chance they will.
Thanks so much for the information.
At this point I've pretty well decided on a Budgie one factor being that my husband has a minor case of asthma, and the 'powdery' substance on cockateils might cause a problem.
I also read today that the larger English Budgies have only about half the life expectancy of the American Budgies.
I will go with an American Budgie.
I spoke to a breeder yesterday and may go to see what she has this weekend..
She doesn't have any birds for sale right now, but told me she would be happy to handfeed a baby for me at the right time.

Thanks again all!
Jackie
Everything I have read says that MALE budgies are far more talkative.
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