I did post this in another thread - but thought I'd post it here so was a little more visible.
I have a female and male budgie - the female died last week and we now have another young female. Since then I have noticed the male bobbing his head up and down at her and chirping. I also noticed that he feeds her as well which I think is cute!
Am I right in thinking that this is him being a flirt?
Also, I noticed him doing the head bobbing thing, but rubbing his beak against the cage when he does also? Is this a dominance thing??
Head bobbing means happy/excited, the boy is just very happy to have a new friend i think
It is often done flirtaciously, but not exclusively, my girls and boys both do it when they are just happy Some do it very quickly, some slower, some di it with just the head while others do it with their whole body
Just so we can be sure this is the right thing im talking about, here is Lily doing a little head bob, its only at the start of the clip (so dont bother watching the whole thing):
I know this isnt what your thread is about, but i have to ask; did you quarantine your new budgie before putting her in with your male? You said the other girl died last week, so i'm assuming you got the new one within the past week? Also, how did the other one die? It's possible that she was ill, then it could pass on to the male, and then pass on to the female. I've heard quarantine is very important, especially since budgies are so fragile and susceptible to diseases.
Erika: Thanks for your reply. He does it rather quickly - but have only seen it a few time since I originally saw it. He's a funny wee man!
Jake: The last female had a heart attack - she exhausted herself by pacing the cage every day for two weeks. The new bird wasn't quarantined, no, seeing as the last one wasn't ill and have all come come the same hatchery and breeder.
ok, it's all fine, i just want to make sure everybody's aware of quarantine. I've read some tragedies on here. There are some bad bugs out there.
I wonder, wild budgies can't all be so susceptible to diseases, or they'd all be dead! I wonder if being in a large flock helps to sort of immunize them. Kind of like a vaccine, they're exposed to small amounts of diseases through eachother... i'm probably wrong, can't stop my mind from wandering.
I think it sounds like he's just trying to be his best charmer for her. Especially if he's making soft little chirps. They do that when they bring up "dinner" to serve to one another too.
Just a side note, you can never be too sure, even when buying from the same breeder, of the healthiness of any bird. It is always good practice to quarrantine, for your own piece of mind.
Just in case any new bird owners read this