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Hi there! Generally, the best companion for a bird is another of it's own species. You can get another bird to be a companion for you and there's the chance they will get along, but more often than not they tolerate each other but do not cuddle or want to be together. Birds of a feather flock together, as the saying goes.
As far as a tame bird influencing an untame bird, yes this can happen. But sometimes the reverse happens and the tame bird becomes phobic because they see their companion running away all the time.
Really, what it comes down to in both cases is each bird is an individual. There's general trends you can follow and make your best guess on, but at the end of the day there's always an exception to every rule and you may buy another Alexandrine that doesn't get along with Alley, they may hate each other. I would best recommend picking another bird YOU want, YOU are ok with having in the house, and YOU want to care for. Yes, getting Alley a companion is important, but if they hate each other (which IS possible) then you have two Alexandrines to care for, in two separate cages. As long as you're OK with that chance, then I say go for it! Just be prepared to slowly introduce them and accept there is a chance they may never get along - that goes for any parrot species you want to introduce Alley to.