budgie standing on mate
hi, we have a young budgie approx 6 mths old. We have been told he is a male. he has a mate who is 4-6 mths old. We were told by the bird shop that the mate is probably a female.
We have noticed our male(?) has been trying to stand on his mate. He puts his foot on her and holds her down. When she tries to get away he just moves with her and digs his claws into her.
He is also always showing her that he is the dominant bird. He puffs himself up and and just sort of pushes at her as if to say "I am bigger than you". He also often pecks at her when she is eating and will push her out the way so he can eat instead.
Is the holding her down a form of mating behavior or is it his way of showing dominance.