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Old 03-19-2018, 02:49 PM
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Hello,

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!

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Old 03-19-2018, 09:32 PM
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I'm so glad to hear Barbara has a new lease on life!

It is not unusual for a female to exhibit behaviors one might like are "male" attributes. Each budgie is unique.

Take a look at this thread:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...e-budgies.html

Since Barbara is so feisty and flirtatious, please be sure you discourage breeding.

Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting daylight will help tremendously.
Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

Best wishes to you Barbara and Tom!
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Hi there and to the forums!

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

Be sure to read through the forum's many stickies and articles to stay posted on the very best practices for budgie care! If you have any questions after reading thorough the links provided, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help

We look forward to seeing you around the forums!

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Hi there . We can’t always tell what sex a budgie is by behavior. As FaeryBee said, each budgie is unique.

After you’ve read the Stickies, articles and links here; if you still have questions, let us know. We’re here to help.
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Thanks! I'd forgotten my golden rule - each budgie is it's own little person and should be treated as an individual!

I have made sure there is nothing nesty in the cage at all, although I know I should be putting them to bed earlier but I get too distracted by their antics!

There is no way I would want to put Barbara through having babies - she's quite teeny.
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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.

Best wishes.
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