What does this behaviour mean??
Hi there! I have a beautiful nearly 1 year old Rainbow Lorikeet, un-sexed at this stage. Recently he/she has developed at unusual behaviour - when playing on the bed with us s/he'll run with excitement behind the pillows where it's dark, fluff up and wiggle it's bum and scratch with the feet at whatevers behind the pillows (which is normally our pyjamas!) It certainly LOOKS like a mating behaviour.
I was wondering if this is any indication to the gender of the birdy (finding a vet to DNA test it has been quite challenging) but more importantly whether or not this is a bahaviour we should be trying to discourage. I have read that female parrots sometimes try to find a 'hidey hole' nesting area to lay an egg - could this be at all relevant?
Also completely unrelated - the pet shop we 'rescued' it from made a real hash out of its wings when they attempted to clip it - thus it has been missing the usually clipped feathers as well as one primary flight feather on one side. He/she has been doing fine but I was wondering if/when these will start growing back? He/she broke alot of tail feathers due to the inability to glide properly and these are just beginning to grow back now.