I talked about how I socialized my older rose breasted cockatoo with my younger Congo African grey parrot here to where they are able to live in the same cage together. Now, although Cressi and Bondi get along fine in their cage as well as out in the batting cage where they free fly, and indoors when they are out – they aren’t exactly the best of friends. In other words, they don’t like to hang out with one another and love on one another.
Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida In Line: Galah "Bandit" (closest to camera), Congo African Grey "Cressi" (middle) & Galah "Bondi" (in focus)
But that changed once Bandit joined the flock. Bandit is a younger rose breasted cockatoo and the only male of the three. Once he was introduced, he was found quite annoying by both Bondi and Cressi. They wanted nothing more than to be the farthest away possible from him since he was still working on his flight skills and coordination and often would land directly on top of Bondi or Cressi in his attempts to pick a safe spot!
Bandit’s presence actually made the relationship between Bondi and Cressi stronger! Just speculating on this since they can’t exactly tell me – I feel that they wanted to be away from Bandit so much that they actually began to appreciate one another’s presence more. Kind of not realizing what they already had in a sense. It was actually a really great thing because Bondi’s recall developed stronger as she bonded more with Cressi and now they are actually at the point where they will sit down and preen one another. So that annoying little brother of theirs made some good come out of everything!
Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, Florida Preening One Another: Galah "Bondi" & African Grey "Cressi"
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.