I have a Cockatiel and want to get another bird for her to talk to. Is it best to get another Cockatiel or will she be able to communicate with other birds? (Whatever I get does not necessarily have to be in the same cage as her.
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: 4
Type of Animal: Cockatiel
Name of Bird: T-Bird
My name is XX. XX and I would be happy to help you with your question about your cockatiel, T-Bird (cute name!0
I would like to start by telling you that birds rely heavily upon body language as well as vocalizations and are completely able to bond and communicate across species and families. New World parrots can form friendships with Old World parrots; big birds can form friendships with small birds, etc.
That being said, you should proceed with the following cautions:
1. Bird personalities are as unique as people personalities. There is no way to guarantee any two individuals will get along.
2. Birds only relate to us out of default. They prefer the company of other birds. If you get a companion for T-Bird, it is quite likely that T-Bird will be less interested in interacting with you.
3. Even though big birds CAN get along with smaller birds, they can also injure or even kill them, sometimes quite quickly.
4. As in most things when dealing with animals, they are unpredictable. Even two birds of the same species may not get along, to the extreme of injuring or killing.
So, unfortunately, in spite of your best efforts to plan ahead, do research, and introduce a companion to T-Bird, there is no way to assure it will be safe.
If you choose to proceed, do so with caution and introduce the two birds gradually and under supervision. Keep them in separate rooms at first, so they hear each other, but not see. Work up from there.
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I'm happy to help.
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I have been a veterinarian since 1994 and am experienced with avian medicine and hand-feeding.