Back in 2002 we received this WONDERFUL Windows Media Player 30 second video of a 5 month old female baby SI at the very moment they were introduced to her new partner, a mature SI male. This is the moment they were put on the pedestal perch together. It is one of the best mini-videos I have ever seen. Java is 4 years old and magnificent, a perfect example of the social abilities of Eclectus, and how supportive older males always are to youngsters in the flock. Notice how gently he immediately began regurgitating food to her to supplementally feed her. In the wild, males his age take over the feeding of the young birds that emerge from the nest in order to give mamma bird a break from having the full responsibility of feeding the hatchlings. The entire flock will assist in this way.
I am just thrilled to finally have a video example of how easy the pairing an older male with a younger female truly is, especially if both are wonderfully social. She was raised with a green male baby, so the first time she saw Java, she was comfortable with him. Finally we have a video of how easily a baby female that is raised properly will bond with an older male. So much for the theory that Eclectus should be kept separated. They prefer to have a partner, and bonding takes place automatically if the female baby has just weaned.
It is interesting to note that on the tv in the background is the news flash that the sniper who was shooting people in Washington, DC back in 2002 had just been captured. The two birds gave full attention to each other, and could not care less that the TV was on.
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