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Cockatiel with GCC?

I have a cockatiel, i've had him for 9 months, he's about 13 months old.
He's very social towards me, he follows me around the apartment, very loving and loyal little guy, i love him so much.

I found a green cheek conure when looking around for parrot breeders in my city, and i'm very intrigued, although i have to read up a lot more about them.
Do cockatiels and GCCs generally go well together? I heard GCCs can be kind of like bullies when they're in flocks, but i'll only be buying one (if it's a good idea).

If they don't go along, is there a chance that Baby (name of my cockatiel) might lose trust in me?
If they don't get along, i'll have to sell the GCC.

Do conures eat more fruit than cockatiels?
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I would NOT get a new bird with the intent that they HAVE to get along because they most likely won't. Conures can be aggressive towards their own species, let alone other species of Parrots.
If you want another bird to get along with your Cockatiel I would get another Cockatiel.



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Well, i'd like to experiment with another small/medium sized parrot. No suggestion of parrots that could get along with a tiel as well as a human?
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I would suggest a Budgie. They tend to be a bit more pushy and "in your face" than a 'Tiel but it's the only other small bird that I can think of that would be the most likely to become best friends with your Cockatiel without that risk of it some day injuring your 'Tiel.



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I have budgies. A green cheek a tiel and a parrotlet, there is no way to be sure that your greenie would not injure your tiel, my tiel is VERY jealous of my greenie ans will harass her if she can sneak near enough... I have stepped in enough times that my green cheek knows she will not be allowed to deal with the tiel her way so she looks to me to rescue her. I do not allow close interaction between the 2 for that reason, however if they are each on a shoulder the tiel will try to sneak across behind my head to chase the conure off, I scold her mildly for that but it makes no difference as she is sooo jealous it overrides any good sense she has! If you want another different bird then I also second a budgie. I don't have any personal experience with Linnie's, but hear they are quiet mellow and maybe a good choice... There should be lots on here that can give you help with them.
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I had Linnie's, bourkes, budgies, and GCC. My Linnie hated the budgies and would seek and destroy lol. My first budgie got along great with a lone zebra finch and they were thick as thieves. My GCC could care less about other birds.. He's like a jealous boyfriend at times. . When I take him with us to stores, even around other GCC he sits on my shoulder unfazed happy as can be... Doesn't look the least bit interested. Even among the same species, sex, or potential breeding pair, there is no guarantee that they will get along. I would probably go with the thoughts that you may have two birds in different cages. Some birds are happy to have a housemate as opposed to a cage mate. Besides new birds should be quarantined from the birds you already have.
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There are other species that you'd have a better chance of them getting along with your cockatiel than a gcc, but generally it has to do with personality. Gccs are known for not doing well with other birds. But there is no guarantee that any new bird you get would get along with your current bird. So as long as you are ok with that possibility, than I say another cockatiel is the safest obvious bet. Budgies also seem to get fairly well with cockatiels. I have a linnie like parrotletsrock mentioned and that might be another option. She does well with my budgie but is really jealous of my plet. I think the linnie gets a long with my budgie because the budgie is pretty easy going and that is why I picked her. I do know of someone who has a linnie and a cockatiel that get along well. I wouldn't recommend housing any of them together tho.

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I realise there's a chance they might not get along, and say they don't, is there a chance of Baby losing trust in me?
I don't wanna mess up what we have now.
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The only reason many of us mention the not getting along is cause we don't want you to get a bird and then possibly just turn around and rehome it cause they can't live in the same cage as Baby. It's not fair to the new bird. Most of us probably share the same notion that once you obtain a pet bird, you've done it after much research and forethought to make the lifelong commitment to that baby.

With that said, if they don't get along after appropriately slowly introducing them, then no you will not lose trust. He should be perfectly happy to be with his flock mate which is you as opposed to that other interloper. However let's say they hit it off, Baby may prefer the new birds companionship over yours. Some birds become flighty of their owners if they prefer the companionship of other birds introduced into the household. I'm not sayin it's not possible for your relationship to stay the same, just that it's a strong possibility that it will. If you don't want your relationship to change, then Baby should be your only bird. If you want another bird and have a less possibility to change then keep them apart.


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I'd give the newcoming his/her own cage of course. Do way more research as well.
But it'll be way in the future, if at all.
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I don't think that you will lose your relationship with the tiel. I think that the most likely scenario is that you will have to keep them in separate cages, let them out at different times and, if you get a male GCC, you might have to watch him for aggression toward the tiel (hens have a milder temperament and would concentrate more on you than in the other bird as long as it's caged when you are interacting with her). The best thing you can do is get the tiel a mate as well as a GCC for yourself.
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I don't know about cockatiels, but my linnies are pretty laid back. They get along with my canaries--I've had them for two years together, so not really a definitive answer.

As for your question about the cockatiel changing it's personality, it might change a little--but then again it might change anyway as the tiel gets older. I don't really judge a bird's personality until a whole year (through all the seasons) because just when I think my bird has changed, the cycle repeats .

Just remember, birds are happier with other birds, even if they are not in the same cage but can see each other.

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I would look more into lineolated parakeets and grass parrots. If you want something more mellow that will get on with a cockatiel, they'd be your best bet

I very much so doubt that a green cheek conure and a cockatiel would bond. Mine have always hated each other. They will go out of their way to attack another bird at times, and they're a very jealous species. As long as you give them separate out of cage time though, I can't see why you couldn't own a GCC?

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