I have two budgies - Tom and Barbara that I have owned for a year (Bought as babies).
Tom is a maniac - the loudest budgie I have ever met, he is constantly singing, beak tapping and leaping around. Barbara has always been very quiet and grumpy with no patience for Tom.
However 5 months ago Barbara became very ill with psittacosis. She never showed any of the main symptoms (respiratory etc.) but only neurological ones - trembling and then paralysis - v. Scary!
Both budgies were put on antibiotics but I was sure Barbara wasn't going to make it, however she pulled through and she had a whole new lease of life! I realised that a lot of Barbara's old behavior was due to her feeling unwell, but as she had always been like that I had assumed that was just her personality! And I felt pretty awful for not realising something was wrong earlier.
She now chats and sings and is such a happy little character - still feisty though!
One of her new behaviors is puzzling me though... she has started flirting with Tom but in the exact way that Tom flirts with her.... beak tapping, running up and down the perch, head bobbing and singing to him.
I have looked up female budgie mating behavior and it just says that females will lower themselves and coo to the male to show they are ready. But Barbara is doing text book male flirting.
Tom will join in a bit with the beak tapping but usually just looks a bit confused!
She is definitely female, and all her other behavior is typically female, and Tom is definitely male.
I am not looking to breed them and do not encourage this, but am just fascinated by this new behavior - it is so lovely to see her full of life!
Has anyone else seen their female doing similar?
Thanks to everyone for all the advice I have got from this forum over the past year!
You've been given great advice by FaeryBee on all counts and I agree with her completely. I look forward to meeting Barbara and Tom soon
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While I understand about getting distracted by the budgies cute antics, it's VERY important you limit their daylight to discourage breeding.
Extended daylight is a big simulator when it comes to breeding behaviors.
I know you want what is best for your budgies health and well-being.