I got my parakeet about three weeks ago. I've noticed that he doesn't sleep! I make sure to cover the cage so that no light leaks in (is that necessary?. I've been up in the middle of the night lately, and when I peek in, there he is, staring back at me! He doesn't sleep during the day- I know this because I'm in the room a lot. If you can tell me what this means, and if it's normal, I'd appreciate it a lot!
Also, when teaching the bird to talk, is it necassary to keep on repeating the desired word for the full recommended half-hour? It can get very tiring. How long will it take for him to catch on if I repeat it for a few steady minutes every day?
Also, how do they learn their own and other people's names?