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Not that unusual, Kiko has obviously decided that the baby cockatiel is a more suitable partner than Schwepp. Not that much that you can do about it apart from keeping Kiko and Schwepp well and truely apart. Kiko is obviously jealous of the attention the baby is getting from Schwepp and is trying to remove the threat.

My only other suggestion is regarding Kiko. I would not be putting him out into an aviary in the middle of winter if he is used to being inside. Even a room without heating is going to be warmer than an outside aviary would be. Not sure how cold it gets in South Australia but here it gets pretty chilly and even when spring hits in September it may be warm for the first week or so but there is always a cold snap around the middle of the month which could quickly upset a bird that has been nice and suggly inside. I don't put inside birds outside until around the end of September when it is slightly warmer and allow them to acclimatize for the summer months. Also be careful that Kiko is over his love affair with the cockatiel as he may not like the kakariki mate you have selected for him.
 

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Kak's may not like the heat it is true but the sudden shock of going outside into a cold aviary from a much warmer house would be too much for him. I know I can't have kaks here as it gets too hot at my suburb for them. But you are blessed in SA for having what many consider the ideal climate for breeding parrots of all species.

That clarifies matters with the tiel. Kiko may be trying to protect him from another adult bird. But often adult males that don't have a female partner will try to have a love affair with another bird of the same sex. When hormones are flairing it doesn't seem to matter what sex the other bird is.
 
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