Many exotic birds, imported
collectors and as pets, manage to escape. In southern California
tropical species may survive quite a while in the wild. Some
have established feral (wild) flocks.
This cockatiel showed up in my yard
one day. Then went to a neighbors yard where it was caught
and taken inside. A few days later, the neighbor wondered why the
was suddenly being much noisier than usual. There was another
cockatiel on the wire outside, conversing with it. That cockatiel
didn't wish to be taken in. It stayed up high.
Some escaped birds, perhaps they had
not intended to escape, but don't know how to return, have had
enough of wide, wild world. They are quite content to find a
friendly home. This cockatiel seems very happy with his new
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