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Two new budgies, both exhibiting the same behavior and I was wondering what they are trying to tell me.

For the most part, the are still and quiet. They eat and move around the cage some but no chattering or playing. When I approach the cage and speak to them, they stretch their wings up then stretch each wing along their body while also stretching the same leg backwards.

I've seen this behavior in other birds I owned and always associated it with being relaxed but these two are clearly not relaxed.
Luna is doing well, she seems really calm and ok with people as long as I don't get too close.

The little boy on the other hand, gets very worked up if I stay close to the cage too long. He starts breathing hard, panting and tail bobbing. This all stops once I step away. I've only seen him do the stretching once and it was recently, his panting is lessing too so hopefully he's starting to realise I'm not going to eat him.

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Just sounds like they are having a stretch to help wake themselves up. Since they are both very new, they are cautious about you approaching the cage, and so if they have been dosing a little, they will want to wake up a little bit and be alert in case there is danger. As for being still, thats very normal, you only just got them so they are still settling into their environment. As for your little boy, he sounds stressed so maybe reduce the amount of time you are spending near the cage. Do multiple short visits of sitting by their cage, but only stay for a few minutes or so then leave and come back again later. Gradually once your boy starts to seem more relaxed, extend the amount of the time you are spending there.
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Glad to hear it's not a stressed behavior.

I only stay by their cage for a minute or two and talk to them. I do walk by a lot though so they have plenty of exposure without me staring at them.

DH goes back to work tomorrow and I'll be out of the house for a few hours so I'm hoping that will give them a chance to destress some.
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The stretching of the wings/leg when you walk by their cage is actually a type of greeting - sort of like they are acknowledging your presence.

Many birds will exhibit this behavior as you approach their cages.

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The stretching of the wings/leg when you walk by their cage is actually a type of greeting - sort of like they are acknowledging your presence.

Many birds will exhibit this behavior as you approach their cages.

Wow, I've always just thought it was the birds making themselves more alert because something is happening outside the cage. You learn something new every day
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