Parrot Training for Beginners

Easy Parrot Training

Every parrot has the capacity to be a great, lovable companion. Unfortunately, parrot training doesn’t always come easy.

If you are having trouble with your parrot and you’re looking for answers, then you’ve come to the right place.

First, it’s important to realize that a difficult parrot is a relatively normal parrot. Your parrot isn’t particularly “evil” — he or she is just not trained yet.

Basic Commands

Here are the basic commands that every parrot should know…


This is the most important behavior that your parrot needs to know. The step-up command is when your bird steps up onto your finger (or wrist, perch, etc.) When you say “Step Up”, your parrot should willingly offer up his or her foot while you offer your hand.

Gently offer your finger or wrist to your parrot in the area where your parrot’s belly reaches the top of his or her legs and say “Step up”. Most parrots will raise their foot naturally and step onto you. Make sure you reward correct behavior.


This command is also very important. When you are putting your parrot back into his or her cage or on a perch, they should go without a fight.


A good way to keep your parrot from screaming is to start using a contact call. You are your parrot’s flock, so he or she will, understandably, want to keep track of you. A contact call is a special whistle, word, or phrase that you use when your bird wants you to respond. It’s almost like “Marco, Polo”, really. It’s simply meant to let your parrot know you are nearby when you are not in the same room.

Teach your parrot the contact call and use it consistently. Respond whenever your parrot makes the contact call. However, make sure you don’t respond when your parrot screams or you will reinforce that behavior.

Having Trouble?

If your parrot has difficulty with any of the basic commands, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Training your parrot is a necessary part of being a parrot owner! And there are many great training courses available that can easily train you on how to train your parrot!

Our favorite training courses are the ones by Bird Tricks. They have many different courses available depending on your parrot’s particular needs. They can help with:

  • Biting
  • Screaming
  • Trick Training
  • Baby birds and parrot hormones
  • Taming ANY SIZE bird you could possibly own

Dave and Jamieleigh, who own Bird Tricks, are well-known parrot experts who always put parrots first and know the best things for our feathered friends. And we must admit, we have bought, and own all the parrot training products out there and Bird Tricks’ training course is heads and shoulders above all the other training courses or videos you will EVER find.

We hope you’ll enjoy their courses as much as we have! Just visit Bird Tricks’ Parrot Training Courses to see all the courses they have available! You’ll be happy you did!

They even offer one-on-one consultations if you have a particularly difficult parrot!

We hope we’ve been able to help you get started on your parrot training journey!