Hi !
I have a Cockatiel who is about 16 months old. The bird Jungle tells me that the Bubba is most likely female. The bird has been whistling for about 6 or 7 months. She whistles the tune... what a construction worker would whistle when a sexy girl would walk by. She whistles it in many different styles both low and high with alot of feeling both loud and soft. She only does this when she wants to call us, or when we are paying attention to our dog in another room. When she starts to whistle she has 4 or 5 loud blasts and then goes into the whistle. She does it about 10 times or more until we come into the room or pay atention to her and then she stops.
I can't get her to do it on command or when we are in the room.

I have been whistling the Andy Grifith tune about 3 to 4 times a day for about 6 months. Every time I whistle the tune she twitches her head and wings. When she twitches she whistles one note. like a chirp. Always the same whistle. I have just started to try to teach her to say "hello" , while still doing the Andy Griffith song.

What can I do to coax Bubbaganoosh to sing for me? Is she stuborn I know she can do it because she has a beautiful voice when she goes into her whistle ( when we are out of the room )
Are there other techniques I can try?
Maybe she is training me.
Bubba's Dad
Hi ! I have a Cockatiel who is about 16 months old. The bird Jungle tells me that the Bubba ... are out of the room ) Are there other techniques I can try? Maybe she is training me. Bubba's Dad

you cannot force a bird to do anything let alone get them to do it on command. You can only encourage by doing what you are already doing and hope for the best, Female cockatiels are not known for their talking abilities.
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Since Bubba is not responding to the whistle training and does not want to whistle the tune i ve decided to change our class and teach her to say Hello. Is this a good idea ? Maybe it would be easier for her to learn a two sylable word like hello than to belt out 4 bars of a song. I planned to teach her how to say hello after I taught her the tune. I read that if they start to whistle a tune that they may not talk. What do you think?
Da Bubba
Since Bubba is not responding to the whistle training and ... tune that they may not talk. What do you think?

I think you read a book written by a dafty. Birds who whistle will also talk, birds who talk will ... fact that you have a female cockatiel and I repeat, there is little chance your bird will learn to mimic.

Female cockatiels rarely, if ever, talk. The same is true for female budgies. Most other parrot species do not exhibit any kind of difference between the sexes when it comes to talking. For cockatiels and budgies the talking ability is linked to the male courtship-behavior. Male budgies mimic' the female's calls, and the male that matches the female the best would become her mate in the wild. Male cockatiels have a courtship song that they use to attract a mate, and it is this song that can become altered in captivity to talking, whistling tunes, etc. I believe that a similar case might be made for the asiatic parakeets (Indian, Alexander, etc). It is interesting to note that these species also exhibit sexual dimorphosism.

Other parrots, such as African Grays, Amazons, Macaws, Quakers, etc. have a behavoir that is called dueting. Dueting is when a pair of birds make a variety of calls, modulating them to make them unique to that pair. Both birds alter their calls like this, and so it isn't surprising that both sexes of these species can learn to talk.
Gloria