COCKATIEL MANIA
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Meet My Princess Parrots
Here is the story of two princesses...............MALE princesses.  Known as Polytelis Alexandrae in scientific terminology, sometimes these birds are also called princess of Wales parakeets.  The blue princess came to us in Nov 2005 from a breeder I found online in Sydney who was coming to the Gold Coast for a holiday.  He brought three weaned 8 week old princess parrots up with him and I let them out in the car to get to know them.  One was spunkier than the others and seemed to like me so he came home with me.  After getting his DNA results, he was named Tjinimin, who in Aboriginal mythology was the ancestor of the Aboriginal people, sometimes known as a "bat god".   He was a bit bedraggled, it was a hot day but I knew I could fix him up with some TLC. 

A few weeks later, I bought a baby normal green princess parrot from a backyard breeder in Brisbane.  He had about 8 babies in the nest and was going crazy trying to handfeed them all.  Strictly speaking, he shouldn't have sold an unweaned baby bird but at least I had finally gained some experience with handfeeding when I was in the USA.  The little green guy came to us shortly before Christmas at 3 weeks of age on 3 feedings a day and I was off work until after New Year's and ready to rear him to adulthood.  When the DNA lab opened in the New Year, he was revealed to also be a male and named Manikay after the traditional songs of the Aborignal people.  I wanted my native Aussie princess parrots to have traditional names from their homeland.

The two young princesses grew up together and were kept in the bedroom away from the other birds.  Tjinimin took a brotherly interest in his little sibling right away and tried to feed him at times.  They were vet checked after they had been with me a month and Tjinimin was revealed to have megabacteria.  Manikay tested negative but since he was living with Tjinimin, they both had to be treated for 10 days.  I was pretty worried until I got the final results back-both young princesses were now healthy.  Tjinimin had poor feather condition but this would molt out so the early photos are only a hint of the beauty he would grow up to be.

Once they cleared the vet check and quarantine, they were introduced into the bird room to some very curious cockatiels who were wary at first, but quickly learned the princesses wouldn't hurt them.  Princess parrots have very mellow personalities and tend to get along with everyone but they are more confident and independant than cockatiels.  For example, cockatiels can get night frights and tend to be skittish around shadows and sounds, princess parrots aren't phased by anything.  Since they joined our family, they prefer to hang around with each other and sometimes the cockatiels.  They don't care for the conures or Chaska, the quaker.  They know "homies" when they see them! 

Interestingly enough, although Manikay was the one I personally handreared, Tjinimin is the one who is more bonded to me.  They both have the attitude "I'm beautiful and I know it"!  Tjinimin likes to dance, bobbing his head to music while Manikay is more sedate and elegant.  They will both sit on my shoulder or head but don't like to be scritched or cuddled.  They both hate baths and spray showers.  They aren't big on toys but like shredding toys and the cargo net.  They are tame and will go to anyone if they feel like it but they are pretty much in control and do as they please. I find them a delight to have around and a joy to have in the family!

These photos are presented in chronological order of when we first got the princesses in 2005, introduced them to the bird room up to March 2009.  No captions but Tjinimin is the blue one and Manikay is the green one-easy!

  


























































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