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Thread Description:My parakeet is occasionally headbobbing in circular motions

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Question Circle head bobbing?

Not too long ago I noticed my budgie Peter would occasionally headbob in a circular motion while playing with her. She tends to head bob a lot normally when we play but she only just started doing this strange circular motion a few days ago which I'd never seen before. I looked online if this meant she was trying to communicate something but I've only found results about budgies 'head spinning' and how that could be a symptom for serious illnesses like poisoning or bird flu. While the head spinning mentioned in my online research seemed to be a different sort of behavior (budgie turning head frantically opposed to my budgie head bobbing in circular motion), I couldn't help but feel concerned.

I was hoping someone from this board might have some insight on what could be going on or if it's a cause for concern. Unfortunately a trip to the vet may be out of my budget at the moment.

Some additional info: Peter's 3 years old and hasn't had any medical problems in the past outside of constipation (which has been treated). Three days ago we had to take her on a 6 hour car ride out of state, though she doesn't appear to be stressed out over the travel or new home (ex: not plucking feathers, no irritable moods, healthy appetite).

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Hi there and to the forums!

If your little girl Peter is head bobbing and nothing else, then it's not a cause for concern. Budgies have very silly ways to play and bob their heads; moving their heads around side to side and up and down (so, in a circular motion) is perfectly normal. Most likely she is just very excited Since she's not showing any signs of illness, I don't think you have anything to worry about.

She sounds like an absolutely adorable little girl! We'd love to meet her when you get a chance!

Meanwhile, you've come to a great place to learn even more about budgies!

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Hi! to Talk Budgies

I agree with Star. From your description it doesn't sound as though Peter is having any medical issues.

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