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Do cockatiel have a hierarchy

Discussion in 'Behavior Byway' started by Boojagirl, 7/7/18.

  1. Boojagirl

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    I have 5 cockatiels and it seems like 1 is the boss, like the others will be chirping away making all kinds of noise and the one will make 1 authorative chirp (like "ENOUGH!") and the others will stop and be quiet.
     
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    I currently have three cockatiels, and one of them is always bossing everyone around. I have never had one that made the others be quiet however!
     
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    It's complicated ;)

    I have heard that it changes based on the situation. Like if Cockatiel A is best at finding food, he's the leader for a bit. If Cockatiel B is the best at finding nest sites, the flock followers her. If Cockatiel C knows when it's time to shut up - well they listen :lol:

    But there is a lot of information we are learning! Like apparently Quakers DO have a hierarchy of sorts! How Do Parrots Determine The Pecking Order? They Pay Attention - Petcha

    Other fun articles:
    Flock Behavior: How It Affects Our Companion Parrots
    Understanding Cockatiel Behavior: Flock Dynamics | Bonded With Tiels
    Part of the Flock
    When Pigeons Flock, Who's in Command? | Science | AAAS
     
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    I have 5 cockatiels...I think 3 of them try and be the "boss" - these 3 of mine are males.
     
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