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Old 03-31-2015, 06:36 PM
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So, one of my bird's games when she's having out of cage time is to fly up the hall to the guest bathroom where I keep the cats' litter boxes. There's a big mirror over the sink that takes up most of the wall, and a medicine cabinet with a mirrored front hung on the wall at right angles to the big mirror. Raz likes to zoom back and forth between the bathroom and her cage, and she likes to hang out in the guest bath chirping and pecking at her reflection, and flying back and forth in front of the mirror.

Here's what's odd to me. Most of the time the lights are off in the guest bathroom and it is in semi-darkness (the hallway is lit) unless I specially turn them on for her. I would think the room would attract her more when lit, since she's better able to see herself. From what I've read, budgies have very poor night vision. Yet sometimes she will fly in and sit there on the medicine cabinet without chirping or doing much of anything for ten, twenty, thirty minutes. When I turn the lights on she usually rouses and goes flapping around the apartment again.

Is there any reason you can think of why she would want to go sit in the dark like that?

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Possibly she does that because semi-dark or twilight means "it's getting night, let's get ready to sleep. That involves no chirping and no dashing around. She'd then just be resting and maybe dozing and preparing for bed.
Also, as you pointed out, budgies have poor night vision, and many are reluctant to take off when they don't see well where they're going.

If you get the impression that she seeks out the dark room specifically to then just sit there in the darkness for a while, maybe consider extending her night a bit?
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One of my males likes to sit atop the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, too. And when I turn on the light, he flies out. I guess that's just what silly budgies like!
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Given the fact your budgie is a female and is looking for a dark place to be in, it's also possible she is thinking of nesting.
Is she currently in breeding condition (dark brown, crusty cere)? If so then most likely that's why she is looking for dark hiding spaces and if you do not want eggs, the best thing to do here is to not allow her to have access to her hiding spot on the bathroom.
You should also be aware of other dark hiding areas that she may use while out of the cage and to not provide anything resembling a nest while in the cage.
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I was thinking on the same track as aluz: perhaps she is showing some nesting behavior.

Does she have a mate in your flock? It could be that she is looking for one and that the bird in the mirror is attractive to her. Does she fly in there and sit when you have the light turned on?

My own Sammy loves to see his reflection, but he won't fly anywhere that's dark.
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She does fly in when the light is turned on but she does more flapping back and forth looking at her reflection than just sitting. I can never figure out if she's trying to make friends with her reflection or fight it!

Raz is my only bird, so she doesn't have a mate. I wondered/worried that she might be thinking about nesting. She does have the brown & crusty cere, and she's been moody on and off. Perhaps I'd best keep the light on in the bathroom to discourage her from taking up residence on the cabinet.
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Hopefully the light on in the bathroom will do the trick, but still keep close eye on her. Single female budgies are still able to lay eggs even if they don't have a mate and she may see a mate while looking at her reflection on the bathroom mirror.

This is why none of my birds have mirrored toys on their cages nor while playing outside the cage. Only 2 of my birdie bathtubs have a mirror on the bottom, but my birds are too busy drinking or bathing to actually look and interact with their reflection.
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Yes, I'll keep an eye on her. Thanks for the info and advice!

I also don't put toys with mirrors in the cage, for that same reason. (I've read too many stories about budgies, particularly solo budgies, getting obsessed with their reflection.) I monitor her mirror use during outside the cage time, but I consider it to be lower risk since she doesn't have constant access. As long as she is still using her out of cage time to also fly, explore, play, and interact with me (which she does!), I don't think it's unhealthy for her to play with the mirror a bit.
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I would recommend you to not give her access to the bathroom and to a mirror. Budgies can get very obsessed with mirrors and their reflection. Providing budgies with mirror toys is an old practice and we know better now. Its harmful for their psychology in the long term ^^ It would be much better for her sake to not give her access to the mirrors in your home
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