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Default Confusing Behavior - Can't tell if it's aggression, frustration, or courtship

I'll try to capture some images of this if I can... my budgie has confusing behavior today.

He seems very irritated. I've let him out to get his energy out, & he did (flew around a bit) but then went to his play gym and just squawked. He can go back to his cage on his own... I thought he would tire himself out with the squawking and then relax, but he kept it up. It's pretty shrill.

So I went over to give him some attention. He was holding his wings out a little bit...(like he was warm, but he's not.. that kind of move)... and then he would also lift both of his wings straight up behind his back.

I read this... "sometimes budgies use this method when courting a female (budgie courtship behavior) or when they want to impress an opponent."

I can't figure out if he was displaying courtship behaviors or saw me as the opponent.

Or, maybe he's just frustrated about something. I haven't given him his kale yet today and maybe he's mad about that.

I put him back in his cage and he seems to have mellowed out a bit and is playing with his toys. Although he's flapping his wings a bit like he wants to come out ... but when he was out he didn't seem happy about that either.

Could just be a lot of hormones....?

*Update... perhaps it was boredom. I let him out, put on some classical music and now he's on one leg chirping nicely with the music.


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It wasn't courtship, that doesn't come out of the blue nor does it come out of squawking. Budgies will put on a big show to impress their mate/object of affection, their singing is happy, there is head bobbing and can also be some food exchange (regurgitation).
Your budgie could have been momentarily hot from having flown around the room. Did you see the eyes pinning and the feathers right below the neck area (back of the neck) to rise as well as the feathers on the forehead?
If so, then he could have been warning you to stay away because he wanted his space away from you.

Budgies can have days where they are more moody and this is something that we should understand and respect. This can happen at times when they are going through a moult and when coming into breeding condition, they can also be a bit more irritable. But this will usually not last very long and as they adjust, their moods will also go back to normal.
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My budgie is behaving similarly, I actually just posted about it. He seems really energetic and he's squawking a lot. I've tried entertaining him, he's flown around a lot, but he is still going at it. I can distract him but then he starts squawking again.


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Budgies have moods and "off" days just like people do.
When they hit their "teenager" stage the hormones definitely come into play.
Some days they simply feel like making a lots of loud angry noise.
That's OK, they are birds and that is what they do to alleviate their own stress and frustrations.
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Yes......I didn't mind it so much as I was curious about it. I'll try to get some video if he does it again. I wasn't so put off by it as I wanted to figure out what he wanted. ... I was thinking ... " are you bored?" ...."are you hungry? " ... I think maybe it was too quiet. He was relieved when I turned on some music. He just seemed a bit lost and frustrated. .....I think it may have also been coursing hormones today because he was doing a lot of eye pinning and head bobbing. To everything. He started doing it from first thing in the morning. From the moment he woke up.

He does, sometimes, eye pin and head bob at me and do that square head looking thing, when I speak with him, but he wasn't doing it today in the instance I was mentioning. He was mostly barking at me like he was annoyed. Like you said, just one of those days I think. And he is typically riled up like that at a certain time each day, but it was lasting longer than usual today.

He only regurgitated at me once. At least I think it might have been me (vs a toy). ....He doesn't do it often but if he does it's a toy or a perch. He's not consistent with which toy or which perch..... it's more like which one captured his fancy at that particular moment. He doesn't seem particularly discriminate.

As long as he's not hungry or in pain or having psychological problems.... I'm ok if he's vocal or even sqwauky. He likes to get on his play gym and "give speeches" as I call it. He stands on his perch and speaks to the room like he's giving an important speech. Very emphatic. ...... ......I really think he kind of didn't know what to do with himself today and the quiet might have been too annoying for him. He loves background noise (fan, microwave, air purifier, tv ) ..... I tried everything ( made sure he got his beloved kale ) .... the music made him happiest.

He will do happy chirps to me sometimes if he's on my finger and I'm telling him how awesome he is..... he loves compliments.... but that depends on his mood.

I would say he is medium tame, sort-of-to-medium bonded. He's more than just finger tamed.... he will come looking for me if he's bored..... but he's not as affectionate as some of those budgies that are really attached to their owner.

He's really sweet and tame and cute though so I don't take it personally. And I've only had him 2 months.
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