Jenday conure strange behaviour

by Monique
(Gauteng, South Africa)

"My Jenday conure "Jaydee" has now for the past 3 days been playing underneath his cage lining. Making these funny squibbly squeeky noises. Is this normal?

He also never liked to be touched before and now (tonight) is cuddling in my neck, wanting me to scratch, stroke and pat him constantly. If I put him down on the floor he follows me like a puppy the whole time. He NEVER does this

My son got a baby budgie approx 4 weeks ago, could this be jealoussy? Because the budgie is getting lots of attention?

Or is it like a "mating" thing or is the conure broody? Or perhaps sick?

He also puffs up his feathers a lot. It is the beginning of winter here, so could this be due to the cold?"

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May 13, 2010
Strange bedfellows
by: Rosa

My companion Jenday Conure has been tested and determined to be a female. (My owners rescued us from a shelter and were told we were a male and female.)Now that that is stated, I am commenting on "Frida's" bad habits which include stealing my food, pushing me out of the way and not wanting to be separted from me for a second. Frida is also an inch taller than I and generally has a more "aggressive nature." Is this macho female behavior normal? Please advise.

Apr 29, 2008
Jenday behavior
by: The Vet

"My Jenday conure "Jaydee" has now for the past 3 days been playing underneath his cage lining. Making these funny squibbly squeeky noises. Is this normal?

He also never liked to be touched before and now (tonight) is cuddling in my neck, wanting me to scratch, stroke and pat him constantly. If I put him down on the floor he follows me like a puppy the whole time. He NEVER does this

Vet - This type of behavior is sometimes associated with nesting. Sexually mature birds will display many types of nesting behaviors including hiding in and under things, and making cute little noises.

My son got a baby budgie approx 4 weeks ago, could this be jealoussy? Because the budgie is getting lots of attention?

Vet - Some birds do become more tame when they see other birds are tame and interactive. So the conure may be becoming tame by watching the budgie.

Or is it like a "mating" thing or is the conure broody? Or perhaps sick?

Vet - Do you know the sex of your bird? If not you should find out. Females become broody, males not usually. But this all could be hormonal related (related to sexual maturity). You cannot rule out that he is sick, so you should have him seen by an avian veterinarian.

He also puffs up his feathers a lot. It is the beginning of winter here, so could this be due to the cold?"

Vet - Fluffing can be related to being cold or being sick; so another reason to see the vet. Sometimes they fluff as part of grooming and also trying to be cute and affectionate.

Hope this helps.

Dr B

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