I know females can be bossy, but every now and then Kiwi will just charge hard at Ben for no apparent reason and kinda open her beak a bit almost like a fighting pose. Like real mean. She doesn't actually bite or scratch him.
Ben is very much a proper gentleman, so of course he doesn't attack. He just jumps away and lets her calm down, which usually just takes a few seconds.
They're usually really friendly with each other, hanging out, preening, regurgitating and all that, but this does happen from time to time.
Lately, I've been looking and pointing directly at Kiwi and talking in a stern tone immediately when she does it, getting very close to her. Not yelling, just stern and telling her "no, you don't do that to Ben" etc. It makes her stop and look at me, and she kind of puts her head down a bit almost as if she knows she's being scolded. Then again, I could be totally misreading her little budgie brain's behavior.
I don't hold a grudge with her or anything like that. As soon as the behavior stops, I interact with her normally again and all is well.
Am I handling this the right way? Does she even know that what I'm doing means she is misbehaving? Am I unintentionally ENcouraging it? Or is there even anything I can do to discourage it? lol
Even after 3+ years, plenty of parrot behavior is still a mystery to me!