@calabama71- If you are looking to purchase a talking bird, there are a couple of things to look for. First, when you go to the pet shop, the birds that have the most potential to talk are probably going to be making a lot of noise. Cockatiels, for example, that are chirping and babbling away have the highest likelihood to be talkers. In addition, the males sometimes talk more than the females.
The New World Amazon parrots are big talkers, as well. The Double Yellowhead is one of the best talking parrots. You must work with them at a young age. If they are not trained before they are about a year old, the likelihood of them talking is decreased.