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I keep reading about tail bobbing, which I take to be an up and down movement of the tail feathers, but I am unsure how much movement it actually implies. My bird's tail is rarely perfectly still, but the movement is very constrained.

Also, being puffed up is supposed to be a sign of sickness, but some puffiness is a sign of contentedness.

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Old 02-17-2009, 07:33 PM
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Tail bobbing is quickly bobbing the tail up and down almost constantly. Usually the bird has it's beak open too. Sometimes budgies wag their tails to show happiness and so on. Their tails and rarely still, I find my budgies' tails quiver constantly. Lol.

Fluffiness is a sign of contentment, but being puffed up pretty much 24/7 is a sign of illness. Paticularily if it is sitting on the floor of the cage.

I hope your budgie is all right.
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I'm not concerned, but I wanted to clarify. Right now he is poofed, head tucked back, and chirping away merrily with a beak stained green from a snack. It looks like it is about nap time -- ringing that bell must be hard work.
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Tail bobbing is usually a sign of a respritory infection, but could also be excitedness.

If the tail is bobbing everytime the budgie takes a breath, then it is most likely a repreitory infection. It is like a person about to have an asthma attack, and they have a hard time breathing and the movemnets of the chest is kind of weird.

Puffiness like Haley said is a sign of contentment. Usually around night time a budgie will be puffed up, because it is sleepy but is happy where he/she is perched. When a budgie is puffed up twenty four hours a day especially around the rump area then it is probably sick.

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I'm not concerned, but I wanted to clarify. Right now he is poofed, head tucked back, and chirping away merrily with a beak stained green from a snack. It looks like it is about nap time -- ringing that bell must be hard work.
That's a what they do when they are sleeping.
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Thank You Very much for this info i was Concerned about the Very slight movement of Skys tail! to where i ran him to the vet when he sneezed! lol Im a Scared new mommy i love my Sky and dont want him to go Anywhere! so thank you for this info!
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My budgies sort of wag their tails back and forth when they're really excited and happy. So do the Quaker parrots. And they all puff up when they're sleepy or in a cuddly mood. The difference between puffing up sick and puffing up happy is that happy puffing comes and goes. They puff, they smooth down a bit, they puff again, they preen, they smooth ... I'm sure you know what I mean. A sick or in pain budgie is puffed and droopy in general and just stays like that and doesn't preen and doesn't chirp and pretty much just sits.
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Thanks for the info guys. I was worried about my 'keet cos he bobs his tail quite a bit. He's pretty upbeat, talkative, curious, and his droppings are normal...so I guess the tail bobbing is nothing to worry about.
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