Parrot tricks and the process of learning them are great bonding opportunities between the parrot and its owner. Here are some you can try out. Parrots are surprisingly smart and receptive to teachings. You can make them do a number of tricks to entertain your guests with or for you to forge a stronger relationship with your pet.
This is a good trick to start with. The prerequisite for this trick is if your parrot already knows the “step-up” trick. This is when your parrot willingly steps on its perch and has its full attention on you. Start by clearly saying “wave” and then offer your finger for your parrot to step up to. Do not let him step on your finger. Instead, slowly move your finger away. As his leg is still suspended in the air, you can acknowledge that as correct and then reward him with praises and treats. Repeat this until your parrot understands the trick
Start by having your parrot perched and ready for you. Have a treat in hand and clearly show it to your pet. Keep it at his eye level and then slowly lead him to turn around. You need a prompt for this command which can simply be the phrase “turn around.” Once he completes the rotation, reward him with the treat. You can simply start by making your pet rotate halfway first and then the full three hundred and sixty degrees once he is familiar with the concept.
Yes, you read that right. The game of fetch is not exclusive to dogs and dog owners. This is a pretty advanced trick so you will need a lot of patience before he gets it. The first step is to select an object that can comfortably fit your bird’s beak and it should also be bright in color so that it can be easily spotted. This can be a button or something else. Place it in the palm of your hand. Wait for the parrot to reach for it. Once he has the object safely between his beaks, say the prompt “fetch!” Once he lets go, say “drop it!” Reward him with treats every time he complies. Just repeat the prompts with his actions until he understands that picking up is equivalent to fetching while letting go is dropping.
The next step is to introduce a dropping spot. This could be the palm of your hand or any other random bowl. Every time he drops it with your command, give him a treat. The last step to this trick is to introduce some distance. You can gradually toss the toy farther and farther away from the bird and just reward him accordingly every time he successfully accomplishes a round of fetch with you. Your pet will be driven by the prospect of getting a treat so make sure to be consistent with the treats.