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Claude is a 4 month old budgie who has been living with me for about a month now. He spends about 5 hours a day outside the cage, as I am currently at University, and so do a lot of studying at home. He is generally a very happy bird, he has learnt to step up, sits happily on my shoulder, and is learning to 'come here' very quickly.

However, one bit of behaviour is confusing me somewhat. Claude's cage is big enough for about 4 birds, although he has it all to himself. There are plenty of toys which are rotated regularly, and he has a favourite perch to sit on. Most of the cage is tradtional metal bars, but the bottom quarter of the cage is clear plastic. Claude spends approximately 10 mins a day running very quickly up and down the front of the cage, looking out of the plastic band that runs all the way around. I can't tell if he is distressed or just confused, because if I leave the cage open for him to come and go as he pleases, he chooses not to come out. Is this a sign of distress or is he just a little dippy?

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Welcome to the forums! :)

Do you have Claude's cage on a stand/table or is it suspended?
Did you recently move the cage or changed the layout of the room Claude is in?
I'm asking this because generally speaking, budgies (and other pet birds) aren't very fond of having their cages directly on the floor and can get stressed or more agitated in the process of settling to this. During the night, the chances of night frights are also higher when having the cage on the floor.
Also is the plastic see through and is Claude able to see his reflection on it?
If so, he could be reacting to this.

Usually, when budgies run around or energetically move between perches when they see us and it's time for them to come out of the cage, that's how they would react till we open the cage for them.
 

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Hi Caitlin and :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Claude is a cutie!

aluz has posed very good questions which will help us better advise you with regard to Claude's behavior. I look forward to your answers. :)

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Hello, thank you for such a quick reply!

Claude’s cage is on its own little table that sits about waist height. About 2 weeks ago I moved him from one side of the room to the other, but the behaviour has been going on since before then.

He could perhaps be seeing his reflection in the plastic! He sits and plays with a little hanging mirror at the top of his cage several times a day, so clearly he is interested in his reflection. He usually does this running along the bottom when he has been scooting up and down the sides of his cage and playing with his toys.
 

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In that case, it may very well be a reaction to his reflection on the plastic and Claude does this running in a playful manner to see if the "other budgie" keeps up with him. :)

Since Claude is a solo budgie, you have be vigilant as to his behaviour when playing with the mirror toy, because some budgies (and other pet birds) can develop an unhealthy attachment to mirrored toys that could seriously impact their mental as well as physical health (by over-regurgitation and obsessive matings towards the mirror).
 

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Hi Caitlin and :welcome: to the forums!

Yes, I do agree, your little Claude is probably entranced by the "moving shapes" that are his reflection in the clear plastic as he's running around at the bottom. Aluz is absolutely right regarding the mirrors so since he sounds especially enamoured of his reflection I would keep any and all mirrors away from him.

He sounds like a very cheerful little guy--we'd love to see pictures of him when you get a chance! :)

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