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Message #2597. This is a followup to #2595.

Date:Friday January 21, 2005 8:01:21 am MST
Subject:Re: Strange new behavior from Nanday... what is it about?
Message:Nicole wrote:
> Hi Again,
> I've recently noticed a new, interesting and comical behavior from my
> 8 month old female Nanday conure, "Ariel". All of the sudden she will
> get this funny wide eyed look and puff up and her eyes will pin point
> and turn all yellow, and she will prop open her wings slightly with
> her shoulders out the farthest, and rock slowly side to side, or in a
> circular motion. I think she might sometimes make funny noise when she
> does it. At first I thought it looked like she was possessed and crazy
> and she might be aggressive (and she's quite tame), or she was
> challenging me or something, and trying to look tuff, but she is just
> as affectionate and tame when she's having this "episode", and will
> let me pet her or "step up" and keep going with it for around 5-10
> seconds. I've noticed she tends to do it while looking in a mirror
> more, but will sometimes do it out of nowhere while perched on me. Is
> this some kind of mating dance, or what? It's pretty funny and she
> really does seem possessed when she does it, since she moves so slow
> and calculated while in this weird wide eyed, wings out, puffy state.
> Just wondering if anyone knows what this is? I know I didn't teach it
> to her!
> Thanks!
> Nicole

Ya, i think thats normal. Mine does that alot all the time. It also started out as a thing that he used to do in the mirror with himself but then progressed to doing it to me when he would see me walking up the steps into the room where he is at. I used to play along with him and kinda mock him back with it. You know, like slowly raising your arms out at the side and rock back and forth like him.

I think it is some kind of a challenge pose. A lot of animals in nature have a way of trying to make themselves look bigger than their actual size as a way to ward off others.

thats just my 2 cents though. Im sure Margaret will have some great wisdom for you pertaining to this subject. She rocks!

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