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Polar has taken his Conure buddy under his wing to teach him the secret ways of the Budgie.

Even though he's not quite sure and Kree runs away scared more than a few times, I think at around 1min29secs he finally has it. He's trying to mimic the crazy Budgie head movements and then he copies Polar's classic male Budgie pose. All the while "singing" along with them..

Kree isn't normally vocal like this. He seems to think he's singing like they're singing... I haven't the heart to tell him it's not quite right.

 

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That is so cute, yet funny! I loved Polar's little beak kisses on Kree, thanks for sharing this precious video with us! :)
 

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OWH kree was trying so hard to do the budgie dance, he looks so big when he stood up tall LOL:D
The size difference between them doesn't look like much because Polar likes to stand high and Kree sit low but when Kree stood up straight it's a whole other story LOL

That is so cute, yet funny! I loved Polar's little beak kisses on Kree, thanks for sharing this precious video with us! :)
I loved that too. They play all the time but whenever I go to get out the camera they stop. I'm glad I was able to capture it finally!

Too cute! Good friends come in all colors and sizes.
So true :)

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That is so adorable!! Kree is doing great at the budgie dance and his little peeps are just as cute as they can be! :love:
I had to turn the volume way down on the video because his little peeps are actually blood curdling screeches LOL But it's not his fault. He really wants to learn how to Budgie :budge:

Awww,polar is so beautiful :) and your conure has lovely colours :)
Thanks for looking :) I think they're beautiful too

Aww what a cutie!! Chip does the same thing to the cockatiels, except they don't go back for more :p
I don't blame them. They don't understand that Chip is trying to be their friend, not annoy them haha. Kree doesn't like most of the budgies, he will usually chase them off if they approach him but he's secretly terrified :p Polar was brave enough to see through Kree's false bravado.

Dawww, that was too cute. What a lovely aviary.
It's a great place to be :) thanks for looking
 

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That's so cute! :) I love it how Kree kept going back to Polar even though he seemed a bit overwhelmed. :giggle: And Polar was so happy to be talking to him!
 

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Really cute! I am too nervous to have my sun out with budgies. She's a sweetheart but I have always been told to keep different species away from each other. How did you introduce them?
 

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That's so cute! :) I love it how Kree kept going back to Polar even though he seemed a bit overwhelmed. :giggle: And Polar was so happy to be talking to him!
Polar is just such a happy, friendly boy. He's always so bouncy, I think anyone would want to be his pal :)

How completely adorable ��
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Really cute! I am too nervous to have my sun out with budgies. She's a sweetheart but I have always been told to keep different species away from each other. How did you introduce them?
We got Kree and our first 2 budgies at the same time. All 3 were raised together as babies.

Here's a pic of them, awww Nimbus and Willow - they're so little.



Anyway I didn't let them out at the same time but when they landed on his cage, Kree didn't care.

Then as the flock grew... he started to care...

He ONLY liked Nimbus and Will, no other Budgie was allowed near him.
They'd land on his cage and he'd start chasing toes so I had to cover him every time the Budgies were loose.

Then we built the aviary and the Budgies went outside, the Conures stayed in. They no longer had to interact. Problem solved.

Until one day..

Kree got out into the aviary by accident (every room in the house has a door that accesses it) and I couldn't get him back in. I chased him for an hour, bribing him with treats, trying to shoo him back inside. Nothing worked. He wouldn't let us near him. Arra sat on my shoulder the whole time, she couldn't care less about those Budgies. She still doesn't care.

So I had no choice but to sit back and watch him until he got bored. They'd come near him and he'd stumble over himself trying to chase them away, snapping his beak and carrying on but they were far too fast and agile.

As I watched, I noticed that he still never chased Nimbus and Willow so I wondered if maybe it was just a matter of him getting to know everyone and becoming part of the flock.

So I started letting him come out with me when I'd clean and feed, he stopped chasing them eventually and once he knew he was allowed out there, he started stepping up and recalling again.

It's been 8 months now and there have been no incidents. The snapping and chasing is all for show, if any Budgie stands up to Kree, he runs like a scared little girl.

Still, I never leave them out there without me. It's good for the Conures to get fresh air, exercise, mental stimulation and direct sunlight. It's good for them to interact with other birds and be well socialised. I believe that the pros out weigh the cons but if either of them ever did anything to harm any of the Budgies, they would never be allowed out there again. I also give any new additions at least a week, Conure free, to get used to the aviary in peace.

In general keeping the species apart is good advice and I agree with it but if you want to introduce Tallulah to the Budgies you can, she might be fine with them. She might hate them. There's no way to tell. I would keep their cages in the same room for a while first before letting them loose together, so she can get to know them and I would never have her loose near a Budgie that isn't 100% flighted. Whether being clipped or just not adept at flying, they need to be able to get away.

I think it's most likely that she'd just be like Arra. Completely indifferent.
 

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They are in the same room. Tallulah is clipped (I know it's controversial) and she has only recently become interested in them. She tries to get over to the flight cage but just glides to the floor. I don't know if she wants to be friends or what. It's funny sometimes she will go on her play stand, which is closer to the flight cage, and listen to them chattering. Then she will try to talk back and the budgies get scared and go silent. When I am home her cage door is open most of the time and she comes in and out, on her play stand, begs for me to get her or give her head scratches. The rescues won't let me handle them unless I force it so I just keep their door closed. Kismet is in another cage and I take her in and out but never in reach of Tallulah and never unsupervised.

So she has a curiosity about them. I just don't know her intentions.
 

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Unfortunately you won't know until you try. Her body language will tell you everything. If she puffs up and lunges back and forth and hisses, game over. Keep them apart. If her body language looks curious and friendly then she should be fine to get closer. The budgies will be naturally wary of her anyway so they probably won't even give her the chance to get up close until she proves she isn't going to hurt them. Just don't let her land on their cage and vice versa because of their toes. Almost all the stories I have heard have involved toe and foot injuries.
 
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