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parrot compatibility

Hi everyone,

I have a female superb parrot, Ollie, who I'd like to get a companion. I am considering a regent parrot as they are a similar species and a hand reared superb isn't the easiest thing to find. How compatible are the two, are they likely to enjoy each others company or should I be looking a bit harder for a bird of the same species?

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As they're so similar I don't think you'd have any issues they may not be best friends, as she may not even like her own species! But I'm sure she will enjoy their company


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Thanks that's a great to know. She is a bit anti social with other birds but I thought she might get on a bit better with something similar to her. I wouldn't really bother getting another bird but I have 2 days a week where I can't give her any attention, so I'd rather she had someone interacting and annoying her, rather than just sitting in her cage bored all day .
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I don't recommend housing them together, unless they have an aviary or something. I would say that providing her with a friend, but in different housing, would be best for now. If they get on well then you could put them together
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Never buy a parrot for a parrot. Get what you want and if they are friends concider that a plus. But be ready to keep them apart. Even if they are from the same parents. I have two ciaques they do great outside their cage but I can't let them share a cage cause Twitter will give Scooter such a hard time that he well sit on the bottom of the cage and not eat.

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Never buy a parrot for a parrot. Get what you want and if they are friends concider that a plus. But be ready to keep them apart. Even if they are from the same parents. I have two ciaques they do great outside their cage but I can't let them share a cage cause Twitter will give Scooter such a hard time that he well sit on the bottom of the cage and not eat.
Oh, I wouldn't put it quite so categorically. I always get a potential companion when I have a lone bird of any species and, although a few have not quite worked out (the grays and, so far, the toos but I still have hope for them), they get along just fine, eat side by side and often chill together- but then, they don't live in cages so maybe that's the difference.
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You absolutely should never but a parrot for another parrot because if they don't get along then you have a whole other set of problems. You should only get another bird because you want another bird and if they get along then great and if they don't you still have a second bird you wanted anyway.

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Getting a friend or company is good.
The others have said how to proceed.
You just need to think about what can go wrong and how you will deal with it.
I find it is often not a matter of what birds you are thinking, it can be more a case of a birds attitude. This is with-in reason that is.
I say this as it is not like you do not say you are going to put them in the same cage? And you never know until you go there how they will interact.
I feel most of us with mixed birds do have ones that get along in one way or another.


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It would be a good idea to find out from the breeder about the personality of your potential new parrot. When I got my second linnie, I told the breeder about my first linnie and we considered what personality types might get along. (Both are females.) Although there was an adjustment period of about one month, we did a good job of matching personalities that blend well together.

Of course my two linnies squabble sometimes, but my first linnie was a very docile girl and she allowed the second one to be the alpha.

When I got a second red rump, I adopted a female (had a male) because she was the only one available that needed adopting. They get along great.


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Both of my Linnie's (the knuckleheads) came from the same breeder. Were pretty socialized. I had their cages near each other for a couple weeks, then one night I let them play together and they both went into Turks cage when they were done on their own. They have their moments, especially on treat days with specific fruits or veggies.

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Thanks everyone,

Eventually I would like to keep them in the same cage together, it's fairly large as it use to house or major mitchell. It's definitely a wise idea to keep them separately to start with and if they need to stay that way it's no big deal.

I think she'll be alright in the long run though. She's lived with cockatiels in the past, they weren't best mates but they co-existed relatively peacefully. I just wondered if she might get on a bit better with something more similar to her. I spoke to a couple of breeders who seem to think they'll get on alright. Fingers crossed anyway :-)
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I wish you luck and be sure to keep us updated when you get your new bird.

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I think you are doing the right thing. Parrots are all highly social animals meant to live in flocks for their safety so even when they don't bond as mates or best friends or whatever, they still enjoy another parrot's company and it's a real kindness to them to provide them with it.

As to housing them together, you will have to play it by ear and see what is it they choose (they'll let you know). But, even when they get along famously, it's always smart to provide them with two of everything (two water/food bowls, two high perches for roosting, two sets of greens, fruits, veggies, etc). This way, you avoid most of the bickering.
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