We've had Misty for almost three months now, and I estimate he's about six months old. He has warmed up to us and plays with one toy a lot. He also has been vocalizing to us a lot lately when we talk to him. But it's all warbles (although they're beautiful ones), with an occasional squawk or scolding. Actually, his normal chirp also is a warble. All the other budgies I've had have chirped without a warble, warbled as a separate type of vocalization, and have begun talking by this point. I listen to all of Misty's vocalizing, but there's not a human sound in any of it. I know it's a matter of:
1. Him wanting to talk
2. Him having the ability to talk
He seems to want to talk, with all the vocalizing we do to him and he does to us, but everything comes out a warble. Is it possible that he can't control his syrinx to remove the warbling modulation from his voice, or can he eventually learn to vocalize without warbling? Has anyone else had a young warble-only budgie who eventually learned to talk?
From what I have seen with mine, when there is warbling and what it seems like indistinct gibberish mixed in with the normal budgie language, that's when they are very close to saying their first word(s). As it progresses, you may notice the word forming and with time and practise the word pronounced will become more clear.
Some budgies will be able to say words more clearly than others.
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