Forming a close bond with your pet is essential to encouraging him to speak. The only birds that talk are those that are happy, healthy, and well adjusted. Photo of "Pepper", a Green Cheek Amazon, courtesy of Patricia Lowery and Marvette Hillis.
The first step to teaching your bird to talk is to bond with your feathered friend, and form reasonable expectations of him.
Not all bird species can talk, and even those that have the ability sometimes choose not to use it. To determine is your bird is a good candidate for speech training, do a bit of research on your pet's species. Some birds are known to be better talkers than others, so you shouldn't expect your pet to say more than he or she is capable of.