Everything I've read about lovebirds says they aren't avid mimics like parakeets or other species of parrots. But the books and articles I've read say they will mimic if given enough attention/repetition. I read they have sort of "gutteral" voices so you have to listen carefully to the inflection to determine if that is what they are trying to do and then keep up talking to them.
When I'm on the couch reading, Peaches usually just chirps or whistles. When she does so, I call to her "Peaches!" (like Pee-chez!" (emphasis on the first syllable). She has started replying back with "chirrrp-chirp!". As I listen, she sounds like she's trying to mimic my inflection. I call back "Peaches!" and she says "Chirrrp-chirp!" and then starts running around the cage from perch to perch.
Is this wishful thinking, or is she really trying to mimic me and talk?

Jill
My late lovebird, Sydney II, talked but it was only a few words.

She said her name ...along the lines of "Seed-nee" and the other phrase was "What'cha doin'?". That's about it.
Lovebirds are not renowned as talkers, but if your bird is young and you're patient and consistent with training, she should be able to pick up the odd word here and there. I would start with her name as it's an easy word (two syllables) and one that you use often. I'm sure one day she'll surprise you.
FWIW, I also have a Dutch blue, a lutino Peachface and several Black-masked, none of whom talk although they're quite chattery with various squeaks, whistles, chirps and screeches.
Linda
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Everything I've read about lovebirds says they aren't avid mimics like parakeets or other species of parrots. But the books and articles I've read say they will mimic if given enough attention/repetition. I read they have sort of "gutteral" voices so you have to listen carefully to the inflection to determine if that is what they are trying to do and then keep up talking to them.
When I'm on the couch reading, Peaches usually just chirps or whistles. When she does so, I call to her "Peaches!" (like Pee-chez!" (emphasis on the first syllable). She has started replying back with "chirrrp-chirp!". As I listen, she sounds like she's trying to mimic my inflection. I call back "Peaches!" and she says "Chirrrp-chirp!" and then starts running around the cage from perch to perch.
Is this wishful thinking, or is she really trying to mimic me and talk?

Jill
Just my opinion; she's trying to mimic even if she doesn't end up talking. My love bird did stuff like that, turned her head in response to her name, all kinds of stuff. Depends on how broad a definition you are willing to take for "talk".
My attitude was, hey, at least we both seem to enjoy it!
When I'm on the couch reading, Peaches usually just chirps or whistles. When she does so, I call to her ... definition you are willing to take for "talk". My attitude was, hey, at least we both seem to enjoy it!

Yeah, that's my attitude, too. I frankly don't care if she talks or not. I'm just enjoying the fact that she seems to be trying to mimic me. Now she's doing it the moment I walk in the front door after work, before I can even set my purse down. Chiiirrrp-chirp! And I call back "Peaches!" and she responds in kind again. She's a cute little gal Emotion: smile

Jill