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Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« on: May 22, 2015, 09:36:30 PM »

Hi guys,

Hope you know my African grey, the (wild-caught) one in the middle east.

Today I introduced my Cockatiel to my African Grey, on their play-gym, this is the first time they see each other.

As expected, the cockatiel (while on my hand) was cautious, however, the strange thing, the African Grey was so happy to see him, and moved quickly to be beside him, and stretched his kneck, and fluffed his feather, and made a very nice calm sounds, and tried touching him on his peak.

The cockatiel was a little afraid, so I separated them, and put the cockatiel back to his cage, surprisingly, the African Grey went down from the play gym, and climbed the cockatiel cage, and made the nice sounds, and tried to touch the cockatiel peak, and since the cockatiel got afraid, I separated the cages again into two different rooms.

What would this behavior mean? my Cockatiel is a male.

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Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2015, 09:42:41 PM »

No no, please don't, the CAG will kill the tiel instantly, they are not friends by nature and while it may look like there's no problem one bite from your CAG will snap the tiels neck, sometimes there are exception but I would be ever risk it.
Also if your CAG snaps at the tiel it can rip the beak off.

Trust me I have two tiels, two conures and my CAG all in the same room and never are they allowed to be near my CAG.



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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2015, 09:46:34 PM »

Thanks Kazky,

I have decided that I won't let them be together from now on.

However, What would cause the AG to be so happy to see him?
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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2015, 10:07:31 PM »

Fluffing feathers is an aggressive stance, if my tiel is on my shoulder near my CAG (Yvie) the CAG lifts her feathers and walks towards my tiel, and pins here eyes, it looks like she's interested but only because she needs to get rid of the tiel.

In the wild a different bird species could bring danger and the CAG just wants them gone for their own safety.


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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2015, 11:22:12 PM »

I'm not going to disagree with separate... That stance I suspect could well be exactly as Kaz said. It's just Will does this for me every time I get him out, he fluffs as big as he can and sinks into his feet, craning and making noises. It is different from the aggressive stance which most times also has growling.

I would concur, about it potentially be aggressive so separate, but wanted to highlight that reading them isn't straightforward. I'll have to video him..
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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2015, 11:33:35 AM »

Yeah Stefan is absolutely right, their behaviour can have different meanings and understanding comes with knowing the bird. It's is essential that you read up a lot so you can identify their 'usual' body language.


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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2015, 12:41:16 PM »

Hi guys,

This is a short video of the behavior, as I filmed it when I introduced them together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4m-THcEmBM

Do you think it is an aggressive behavior?
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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2015, 01:55:34 PM »

Honestly asking someone else can never really give you the answer, you get to know your own.

In my opinion think the fluffing is a little fear but it seems mixed with intrigue. It's certainly not full blown scared and fight mode. I'd describe it as ready, but what for, couldn't tell you.

 Just going on my own experiences if it turns for the worse I doubt the cockatiel would make it.
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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2015, 01:58:20 PM »

It looks like more of an interested warning to me,  it's definitely not worth trying to get them friends, it's very unlikely and much more likely to end badly.
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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2015, 02:29:51 PM »

Thanks guys,,,i wont let tgem together...I have hand-fed tge tiel, and it is been 3 years for him with me, says 5 words, and sings various songs

I will have a play time for each one of them

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Re: Strange behavior for my AG with my cockatiel
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2015, 12:36:05 PM »

I have two cockatiels, one budgie and a grey.

They all tolerate each other but I do have to keep an eye on them.

The grey 'baby' only gets defensive when the cockatiels fly onto his cage (not often as I don't allow them to get there).

Baby is scared of the budgie though as the budgie can turn (change direction) quicker in the air.

There have been times when the cockatiels and baby have sat on the same cage together all preening and chilling out.
The funny thing is the male cockatiel does not back down from anything or anyone and ran over to the parrot once with his wings out and then hissed and head butted the parrot several times.
Baby had no idea what was happening as he was all chilled out preening at the time.

Normally I would say don't go putting them near each other but (and this is a big but), if they can see each other all of the time (even when in their cages) there is less risk of a headless cockatiel.

In my situation both the cockatiels cage and the parrot cage as next to each other so they can see each other all of the time.

This does not mean they will be best of friends though, hence I keep an eye on them whilst they are all out.
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