I've had a pair of cockatiels for around 2 years. Around 3 months ago a freak gust of wind knocked over the cage and the female flew away. The male calls out throughout the day but there is not a sign of the female for 3 months. Mind you, I dont spend all day on the roof with binoculars looking for her. It was also winter when she flew away. Its now spring and I'm hoping that she might come back as she nested last year and produced eggs. I think the female was quite spooked by the cage toppling over but I'm still hoping. I think the two birds also bonded. They did preen each other occasionally but the female was also a little aggressive towards the male at times too. They have produced eggs but were not successful in getting any to hatch. I was thinking of releasing him but that might not be good for a domesticated bird especially since there are much bigger birds around like very aggressive magpies that are currently nesting too. I do have a friend who is going to visit his inlaws in South Australia. He might be able to take the male with him and release him closer to where the wild ones are found but I have a concern that he might not be able to integrate back into tiel society, and its a very very long drive. Anyway, if she doesnt come back, when can I get another female to replace her? Would I have to find a bird of similar age? I'd rather find another bird to replace her but what if they dont get along? I dont care if they dont mate, I'd just like to give the guy a little company.