I have 2 female budgies... I think. Now I'm not so sure.
The eldest, Shayne (yes I know it's a boy name - newbie mistake) the yellow face, pied clearwing is 2 years old, has a brown cere and an obvious breast crease. She is the very smart, aggressive and insatiably curious one.
Sunny (the yellow) is also a year old and her (I think) cere is also brown and crusty like Shayne's, but she has a smooth breast. She is my skittish, gentle, loving little doufus who follows Shayne into trouble.
Is my office in which they are cage-free when I am home. It is a controlled environment (limiting mess and mischief), where they can look out the window into the back yard and fly freely. ...and get into trouble.
Just last week Shayne became obsessed with crawling into my sleeve, even ignoring a millet sprig or a bath, something she NEVER does. I assume she's searching for a nesting site and is convinced it's up my sleeve. She's driving me crazy, especially when she decides that my arm doesn't belong in the sleeve and bites me. Shayne has always been a nipper (by that I mean bites that aren't too hard), but now she is biting very hard.
I read in a magazine that Shayne is going through a hormone spike... heat, season or whatever it's called.
What confuses me is that Sunny has always exhibited male behavior, such as:
- Feeding Shayne
- Mounting Shayne, although previously it had only been standing on Shayne's back and not accomplishing anything.
Just today, however, it looked like they were accomplishing something and actually mating.
If you look at the pictures, wouldn't you agree that these are two females?
I'm confused - or when you have a pair of birds who are both the same sex, does one start to act like the opposite sex and attempt to mate with the other?
Should I get a nesting box to be sure?
Pix 1: Close up of Shayne
Pix 2: Shayne (on left) and Sunny - yes they are up on the fire alarm.