Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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Cockatiels are wonderful. I believe that was an excellent choice if you are still interested in cockatiels. As the others said, budgies and bourkes are also wonderful. My daughter has a hand-fed bourkes, and she is very personable. Another larger bird I think you can get in Australia is a Princess of Wales parakeet or a Rock Pebbler.
Kate has avaries in Australia, so I believe she can be of more help to you than I can. If I remember correctly, you live in Australia and would like to find a friendly bird that will do well in an outdoor aviary. You already have a well-built aviary in which to house the bird.
I believe you were planning on getting just one bird this time, because your lories were not tame, but when the suggestion was made to get a single bird, we were not aware that you plan to keep the bird in an outdoor aviary. Nothing is wrong with keeping your bird in a safe outdoor aviary, but I am wondering if perhaps the advice to get one bird would have been different when taking your housing arrangement into consideration.
I am thinking a single bird might not be as happy in an outdoor aviary as at least a couple of birds. I think it is always nice to have someone to relate to. I believe that cockatiels, bourkes, budgies, Princess of Wales, and Rock Pebblers can all remain friendly even when kept with others of their kind. The important thing would be to pick two birds who are already friendly with humans.
Can you visit with and handle the birds before you buy them? I think you would be happiest if you found a couple of birds, or one bird if you decide to stick with just one, that is friendly with you right from the start.
Can you tell us what species of birds might be available in your area?