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I suppose birds are kinda like friends if that makes any sense. You can spend plenty of time with them but when you dont have your own space tensions can run high and, well in birds cases it can lead to injury, though mind you there have beens time when I wouldnt have minded severing my friends foot off for being annoying or just in my face. (HAH not really... >.> -cough-)
I think really I guess it depends on the bird. I used to keep two cockatiels in the same cage and they were fine together. We often put Wisp (Rainbow Lorikeet) in the same cage though mind you it was MASSIVE so they all had plenty of space and never seemed to bother one another. Probably because birds tend to have that flight of fight sort of... mentality I guess. if they can fly away or avoid a fight they will as apposed to fighting, so in an enclosed space flight isn't always an option which leads to injury.
That is kind of why I'd never mix Lokis "playmate" Dex (an IRN) in the same cage because Dex is terrified of Loki and if he can't fly away he'd more than likely attack, and he has a much larger beak than my lil' Loki.
So yeh I guess lots of factors come into play. Species, Gender, Age, Nature, Cage Size, etc. Lots of things. so I guess it's better to be safe than sorry, unless you know your birds well enough to know that they wont get tired of the company ;P