Every time I bring home a new parrot, I keep him or her separated from the rest of the house until we’ve gone to the vet. While we’re at the vet, I do wellness bloodwork and a fecal to get an idea of their general health, and tests for the known Avian viral diseases.
Once that’s done and the results are back, and assuming they don’t have any variety of illness, the new bird can meet the old birds.
Tlalli’s tests came back yesterday and she’s in fine health, so last night, she got to meet some of the other members of the flock.
When I came home from work, madam Crazyzon was enjoying the separate stand. Kyklos is a nearly ten year old female double yellow head Amazon.
When I walked in the door, I exclaimed ‘Wow, Ky got small!’
She wasn’t particularly concerned about the giant red parrot, nor particularly interested. Giant red parrots are boring to Amazons.
Grey birds refrained from being willing to come out, so he did not get photographed yet, and the small parrots will never meet her simply because they tend towards suicidal bravery and a conure taking on a macaw is not going to work out well for the conure.
Do you know who WAS interested in giant red parrots?
Theo is a 24 year old male blue and gold macaw. He, after months of effort, successfully shared a cage with my previous scarlet macaw. One of my hopes in bringing home Tlalli is that she and Theo could be friends as well. I’ve found, over the years, that a similar species companion is a form of enrichment that most of my parrots really appreciate and that does not (despite all comments to the contrary that people including me have made in the past) really affect their ability to be a pet.
In fact, in many cases, they’re calmer and happier and more willing to interact if they’ve got a companion. This assumes that the owners are willing to learn how to train and interact with parrots. A lot of what we consider ‘love’ in parrots looks a whole lot like ‘mate behaviour’. If they have a more appropriate mate, they tend to interact with us slightly differently, but in a good way.
All of that said… I was really curious to see how Theo would react to Tlalli. And the answer is way, way better than I had hoped. No aggressive posturing, only curiosity.
Tlalli’s awfully pretty though, so you can understand why he’d feel that she was interesting.
They hung out together for a good long while on stands next to each other.
Nice, relaxed body language.
Tlalli had some fun destroying things too.
Next steps for them is to move Tlalli’s cage downstairs so that they can hang out near each other, and then begin alternating them in different cages.
That, plus them hanging out together upstairs, which they’re doing now.
It’s wonderful to watch. I love my caws.