laugh out loud or should i be worried

by nell
(san antonio)

i have 2 cockatiels my male cockatiel heard a fire truck go by.he cocked his head to the side,his crest went up then this weird sorta of amazing thing happened! he started walking in straight even lines back & forth & was bobbing his head while doing so & he was making this high pitched yet short screech over & over again until the siren was out of ear shot.

i've never heard this chirp or song before & definitely neva saw this dance. can u give me an idea of what was this all about??? was this normal behavior or does he need a shrink????

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Aug 31, 2010
laugh out loud or should i be worried
by: Linda

Go ahead and LOL, just not where he knows you're laughing at HIM as birds are very sensitive to being laughed at kind of like cats.

What you saw was the mating dance where the males get very stiff and straight and walk back and forth on the perch while bobbing heads and/or spreading their tail feathers apart. All this is to show the female (fire truck) how drop dead gorgeous he is!!! You'll see this more and more as time goes on, and it never gets boring because they put so much energy into it everytime.

Thanks for writing and enjoy your gorgeous hunk of man-bird!

Linda

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