What are the factors that would lead one to believe that a budgie has bonded with them? I've read a bit about this, and some how-to's... but I'm not sure how to determine if it's actually happened... and when do you know when it has indeed occurred? What are the traits of this?
My budgie will eat out of my hand, and for the most part step up when I want him to. Rarely, he might resist or run away, but that's not the norm.
I've been trying to introduce him to a dripping faucet and today he ran up my arm to my shoulder to get away from it. He seemed more comfortable there. [ He doesn't like slow faucets or baths. ]
He will come out of the cage on my finger but then he flies to the bookcases soon thereafter. He likes to perch there. That's more fun than hanging around on my finger. And I wonder if he's trying to be superior by perching high up.
He then flies around the room and will re-perch on the top of the bookcases. That's his routine. Sometimes it takes a bit to get him back. He'll go on my finger but then fly off to another favorite high perch. He might do this a time or two... and then I get a long dowel perch (made for a cage) and he'll get on that and then I put him back in the cage. I take him to the door and say "cage" and make him fly back in because I want him to associate the command to go into his cage. I give him a treat (spray millet) when he does this. And praise him. [I'm going to try to tackle click training at some point. Have introduced it, but I'm not ready yet to take it on. ]
He doesn't really "play" yet on the top of the cage, but he'll take treats there and chew a toy.
He will chirp when I speak with him. All different kinds of chirps. Sometimes it's more conversational than others. He's "conversational" (in his bird language) when he's tired. Morning and evening. Sometimes he will chirp softly if it's quiet, like he wants my attention when he's in his cage and if I'm doing something else.
I would say that he's tame..... but I don't know if he thinks I'm part of his "flock." And I wouldn't necessarily know if there's bonding per se. He knows that I give him food and water, and that I'm in charge of letting him or out of the cage.