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Old 09-03-2017, 06:51 PM
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I got Misty in June of 2016 when he was around 4 months old. The first couple months he had no interest in his toys or in us, but he loved coming out of his cage to fly. A few months later, he began to play with his toys (sometimes in very imaginative ways). But he still showed no interest in us at all. He didn't come over to the bars to be near our faces. He didn't land on us when out of his cage.

But about three months ago (when he was around a year old), Misty suddenly began expressing interest in us and considering us his flock. He wanted to be close to our faces, he sat on our shoulder, finger, or head, and played with a finger or a hand-held toy. Then, about a month later, he began to imitate a whistle we made to him, then kissing noises, and then, around two months ago, he began to talk! He now has a small but growing vocabulary, and even when just babbling he uses English sounds and voice inflections.

I have learned two things from this experience: first, if a budgie doesn't consider you part of his flock, he will not want to imitate you no matter how much you talk to him. And second (and just as important), even an older budgie can learn to talk!

Anyone else have a late-bloomer like Misty?

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Old 09-03-2017, 08:24 PM
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Eileen,

It's wonderful that Misty has accepted you as his flock and very exciting that he's started talking as well!

We'd love to see some recent pictures of Misty and if you could get a video of him talking that would be super cool!

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Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! Misty sounds like quite the chap, we'd love to see photos or videos of him if you have any!
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Yay that's so exciting! I gave up on teaching one of my boys, Hermes, to talk since he never picked it up. But, 3 years later, he's starting to make some babbling noises so I've been making a more conscientious effort in exposing him with some easy things to mimic. If he starts talking, he will also be a late bloomer haha.
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That's so great! I got Jimmy for about 3 weeks now and he was already starting to mimic the voices and sounds of me and my boyfriend. Since Kimmy came here 2 days ago he has stopped mimicking our sounds and started copying hers. I see it can be quite different for different budgies! Misty sounds like a happy little birdie, and I can imagine you are very happy too to see him bond with you like that. Much love for the both of you <3
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StarlingWings and FaeryBee: Here's a recent photo. I don't know how to insert it since it's not from a URL, but it's attached. As for a video, every time I take out my phone, he stops what he's doing and watches me. If I can ever get a good video, I will post it here.

HelloFenne: I had a budgie like Jimmy. Within a few weeks he began imitating us. He was interested in our faces from the beginning, which might explain his precocious talking. I hope Jimmy learns to mimic both you and Kimmy, or better yet, he'll teach Kimmy some human talk. It might happen.

BooksBudgies: Never give up on Hermes, since it sounds like he might indeed be a late bloomer. Good luck!
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My budgie boy, Arashi, was definitely considering me his flock almost since I got him, but he never really showed any tendency to mimic my words or sounds. Until one day when he was 1.5 years old around Christmas, he suddenly said: "Hi Arashi, what's up?" quite clearly. I was very pleasantly surprised, because I've never even tried to teach him anything and this little sweet bird picked it up anyway Now he says a lot more phrases and I sometimes wonder if he even has any budgie vocabulary left
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Ellen,

Misty is beautiful and it looks as if he is really enjoying the bell on his toy in that picture!

Thank you so much for taking the time to share a photo of Misty with us.

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Congrat's, and very awesome story that I thank you for sharing. He may be a late bloomer which is not unheard of, and he may have been absorbing and mimicking before you even realized because of his shyness/hesitance to engage with you....
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Arashi was a late bloomer too, and he started right out with a phrase? Wonderful! Misty says only single words, and he pronounces them with careful precision. So birdy comes out birrrrdeeee and his name comes out MMMMissssteeeee. Until he shortens them to a normal clip, I doubt he will make phrases. But his babbling has an English sound to it now, where before he began to talk he mostly warbled. So phrases might be in the making.
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