"We always house birds in a pen for a few days when they get here so they get used to their surroundings," Gordon said, explaining the separation. "We have 11 acres so they get full roam of the property and sometimes that's overwhelming for a new bird. It also lets them gradually get used to other birds on the property." Since Cleo is thin as well, her eating habits had to be monitored closely.
It was undoubtedly love at first sight for Tut, who immediately walked up to the fence and sat in the same spot all day, "talking" to Cleo, Gordon said. Even better, Cleo appeared receptive to his advances.