aviary escapee...

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aviary escapee...

I had a group of 13 young (undersize) Galahs turn up in a gum tree in the backyard at lunchtime today. All of them preened and rested for over an hour, a bit of branch hopping, a bit of mutual preening, a bit of squabbling, a bit of play on some hanging bark ribbons. The 14th member of the group was a Cockatiel, which was  preening and branch hopping too, but was always within a 'social' distance of 6 to 8 inches from one or more of the Galahs. Seemed to be very much a part of the group.

The cockatiel would have to be an aviary escapee, but interesting to see it well integrated into a group of wild Galahs. Wouldnt have thought an aviary escapee would have such a good outcome.


Good to see thay are an inclusive bunch, perhaps the Cockatiel had something to contribute to the Galahs. Perhaps because the Galahs were young.  Kids play with anyone.  I think as humans, we often underestimate the will to survive in animals and assume bred pets will perrish in the wild, however all sorts of ex-pets now exist in the outdoors from gold fish to dogs. Cockatiels are fast learners from what I gather, and if ones pet wanders off than maybe it has more instinct than humans reckognise. Goo the Cockatiel I say. 

thanks for sharing, what a nice discovery and little story.


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If that Cockatiel is outside its normal range then I'm hoping it will be put back in its cage well before it finds a mate. Assuming that the Cockatiel is an escapee this is one more demonstration of the potential problems associated with keeping caged birds. Sometimes they escape & cause havoc in the wild.

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