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    Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    Saw a beautiful little sun conure that I want to bring home! I was wondering how well I can expect him to get along with my cockatiel???

    He(?) is very tame and so is my cockatiel (female). She flys free around the house and hopefully I would be able to let the sun conure do the same.

    What do you guys think?

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    They cannot be caged together, they will need seperate cages. You have to introduce them slowly and I would advise you to quarantine the new one. It is very possible they will get along but you never know, it’s hard to tell. Each bird is different. But place the cage side by side and then once they get to know each other by smell introduce them in neutral territory.


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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    definitely not housed together and then do be careful during playtime
    i was told that conures lorikeets and even caiques...all the birds i was interested in can really for the more unassuming gentler tiels
    be careful
    theyre so quick...and if they go for the feet or beak it can lead to absolute disaster

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    No, I would never house them together.

    I'd like them to be friends. The conure is very sweet and gentle too. He was pulling on my earring yesterday but never hard enough to bother me. He dances too! He is so cute!!! He just seems like a really sweet bird. I read the they are all sweet when they are babies. What are that chances his personality would change as he got older? If he got aggressive, Binki would have problems.

    I don't want either of them to have a roommate they can't stand. I did read about a GCC and cockatiel that were bonded. Anyone else have conures and cocktails that are friends?

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    Not a sun & tiel but my male gcc, Beni, is friends w/my green Quaker, JJ, who is also friends w/Sonny (tiel dad). My blue Quaker, Baby, is friends w/Sonny. My female gcc, Loki, chases Baby as well as Theo, the quieter male tiel. Loki will also chase our newest Quaker, Daisy, if she gets too close. And the gccs do have a tendency to go for the tiels feet if given the chance.

    Both Quakers & the gccs will chase Peeps & Indie, the two female tiels. I think it might be colour related because the birds that are chased are lutino, cinnamon & cinnamon pearl.
    The 2 boy Quakers, the 2 gccs & the 4 tiels have their own cages. Daisy is in her own cage for now as she's fairly new to the flock.

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    It can happen but it won't necessarily. Quinn and Earl can be out together. They can be on the same cage top, eating the same food. But they don't really like each other, just tolerate each other. Earl can be very territorial about his cage while Quinn couldn't care less about his. So usually, I pop Earl on top of Quinns cage since Earls cage isn't set up like a play area.

    They generally avoid each other but are okay for the most part.

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    Thanks for all the info.

    I am soooooooooooo tempted to go get him!!!

    Anything I need to know about sun conures before I do?

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    Suns are known to be very loud, so if noise is an issue, I would not go for a sun.

    Conures are known to be very nippy, so if you don't want to be bitten, again I wouldn't go for a sun.

    I would google search and read up all you can on them before getting them.

    They are beautiful and playful though, generally speaking... and I love them to death, but can't have one because my bf doesn't like loud noises and thinks my tiel is loud!

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    I got him!! Turns out he is a jenday not a sun but who cares - isn't he a pumpkin?


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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    Well congrats on the new bird... what size cage is that? Hope they work out. Also since I really don't know anything about you (and there are a bunch of younger people here) please realize this is NOT an apartment bird (if you'll be living in one anytime soon.)
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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    Cage is small but temp, new one is on the way.

    I am in an apt - why is this not an apartment bird?

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    They can be very loud, which is why it isn't recommended as an apartment bird.

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    No worries there. My apt is the only one on this floor.

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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    Ummm... that is a Sun Conure not a Jenday Conure.

    Suns can be insanely loud at times. Oh man, when I still had Jasper living here and both boys got going together it was awful. Now, with just Quinn it is tolerable but Suns often scream just to scream. They do not make the best apartment birds because of this. And being the only apt on the floor doesn't mean that no one else will hear him. I can hear Quinn screaming easily from several houses away with all of my windows shut. They are LOUD. And they are not a species that is known for just boredom screaming. They scream because it's fun and they enjoy doing so. They are big time flock callers. They alarm call at the first sign of trouble. They just scream. To scream.

    I adore my Quinn with everything in me and to me the personality far outweighs the screaming. But I do feel for my neighbors when Quinn gets going. Thankfully, I keep him busy enough that he doesn't have time to scream very often. But he does scream. Loud.

    Suns tend to be major snugglers, which is why I wanted one in the first place. It's a great feeling to have a snuggly bird. They are no where near as nippy as other Conure species but still nippier than other parrot species in general. They tend to be laid back compared to your nippy, hormonal GCC's. I can place Quinn upside down on my lap and he'll just happily stay that way for several minutes.

    They always want to be with their people as they are very social. I've yet to meet one that was independent and most are rather needy. Quinns favorite game is to sneak up on me. I'll put him on his playstand and wait for it. Within seconds he finds a way across the room and is a mere inch or two from my face, staring.

    They are great birds but certainly are NOT for everyone. I highly don't recommend them to most people in fact. I
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    Re: Sun Conure & Cockatiel?

    I thought he was a Sun too.. but they said he was a Jenday because his wings are green. Either way, he's my bird now. He hasn't screamed yet. I'll have to teach him not to scream.

    He did come out for a minute this morning and flew right to me. Binki wigged out and started flying all over the house but she isn't traumatized by him being here - which is good.

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