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Old 11-11-2016, 01:45 PM
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Question Very minor tail bobbing?

My young 3 month old Budgie sometimes has a very minor tail bobbing. It appears to happen more when she is nervous or as been playing a lot. She doesn't have any abnormal poops, no throwing up, no loss of appetite, or anything else weird.

I have had her for less than two weeks. I don't want to per her through the stress of taking her to a Avian vet. She is finally getting to the point where I can rub her and play with her alittle outside of her cage.

Can tail bobbing be from being excited or maybe alittle nervous? It is very minor and doesn't happen all the time. I have looked at other birds in the local petstores and the minor tail bobbing appears to be a somewhat common thing.

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What you have described is perfectly normal. Budgies can have a very slight tail bob after a moment of exertion, whether as a result from playing or from having flown a few laps across the room, etc.
When scared and feeling a bit stressed, they can also momentarily have a faint tail bob, because they start to breathe more rapidly.
This certainly happens also when they see someone they aren't yet familiar with coming very close to them, or even a foreign object.

You should be aware that most budgies don't like to be pet, especially once they pass the baby stage.
Some can allow occasional head scratches under their own terms (not forced by us).
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I've read that tail bobbing can also mean happiness. Is it true?
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Well, when they chirp loudly and excitedly and puff out their chest, a slight tail bob is normal Any extreme tail bob, accompanied by a fluffy and lethargic behaviour, can be indicative of an illness, however.
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