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Hi everyone, I imagine this topic has been covered before, but I am wondering if anyone has figured out the meaning of this:
Whenever I speak to my budgie, he twitches his head. I've seen this behavior in my cockatiel and in another budgie I had, and I know it's normal (none of the birds was sick or injured) and I've heard of other people's birds doing this. Has anyone figured out why they do this? To describe it better, it's a quick twitch or flick of the head to the side which occurs while I talk to the bird. I've been wondering and wondering! I don't believe it's because my voice hurts the bird's ears--there are louder sounds in my house than that, and the bird doesn't twitch his head when those sounds occur--only while being spoken to.
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Does he make sounds when he does this?
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No, he doesn't make any sound at all. It's exactly the same thing my other birds did, and a friend of mine said her cockatiel does the same thing. I was trying to research it on the internet and apparently it's pretty common. It would be interesting to know what the bird is doing. It's pretty cute!
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Hi everyone, I imagine this topic has been covered before, but I am wondering if anyone has figured out the meaning of this:
Whenever I speak to my budgie, he twitches his head. I've seen this behavior in my cockatiel and in another budgie I had, and I know it's normal (none of the birds was sick or injured) and I've heard of other people's birds doing this. Has anyone figured out why they do this? To describe it better, it's a quick twitch or flick of the head to the side which occurs while I talk to the bird. I've been wondering and wondering! I don't believe it's because my voice hurts the bird's ears--there are louder sounds in my house than that, and the bird doesn't twitch his head when those sounds occur--only while being spoken to.
Ellen J.
JayJay does this too. I've never figured out the reason why.
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Dodger does this as well. Most of mine just bob their heads up and down. Florian has learned that well from my original four. LOL Oliver is now doing it too.
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I've never personally observed the twitching behavior that you described. My birds cock their head to one side when I talk to them, I think that's because they're paying attention to me and trying to focus on my face better giving me their attention.
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OK I did not fully understand this ...until I got my tiel. He does this...it's so odd. Exactly how you described it, quick head twitches when spoken to. And he twitches after every few words spoken.

At first I thought maybe my voice was too high pitch and was hurting his ears so i spoke in a lower voice and in a lower pitch and he still does the head twitches after every word...so it's not volume/pitch that's causing this.

Then I thought, what if he's doing this because when I'm talking to him I'm blowing/tickling his ears? So I spoke to him again but facing away from him and he still does the head twitching...so it's not because of the air.

It's odd...and almost in a violent way the way he shakes his head. He doesn't do this if I blow in his face or if i whistle at him...no matter how loudly I whistle.
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OK I did not fully understand this ...until I got my tiel. He does this...it's so odd. Exactly how you described it, quick head twitches when spoken to. And he twitches after every few words spoken.

At first I thought maybe my voice was too high pitch and was hurting his ears so i spoke in a lower voice and in a lower pitch and he still does the head twitches after every word...so it's not volume/pitch that's causing this.

Then I thought, what if he's doing this because when I'm talking to him I'm blowing/tickling his ears? So I spoke to him again but facing away from him and he still does the head twitching...so it's not because of the air.

It's odd...and almost in a violent way the way he shakes his head. He doesn't do this if I blow in his face or if i whistle at him...no matter how loudly I whistle.
I ran the same possibilities thru my head.

I noticed sometimes JayJay's wing twitches along with his head. I was so hoping someone would come along and provide the answer.
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I'm not quite understanding this "twitching". Do you mean he kind of tilts his head to the side when you talk to him? If so, it's normal. Both my budgies do it when I talk to them, it's kind of cute.
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