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Old 03-15-2017, 06:57 PM
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It could be that he has some pin feathers where you were scratching. If you touch them the wrong way it hurts them. My tiel does this too, she'll want a head scratch and put her head down, so I'll scratch her and occasionally she'll suddenly squawk and lift her head up, look at me like "Why'd ya do that?", and then put her head back down, lol. She does it herself too, she'll be preening herself and all of a sudden she screams in pain, looks up and around, then starts preening again, then suddenly squawks in pain, looks up like "Who's doing that?", then starts again...😎

So that's my guess, you're bending a pin feather the wrong direction.

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Old 03-16-2017, 01:57 AM
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Please don't chase your bird around if it's actively trying to get away from you. Continuously ignoring his body language cues is going to destroy any trust he had in you and escalate that evasive behavior into full on attacking/biting.

What I do in those situations is completely withdraw my attention, ignore them, and do something more fun. Play with a toy, watch a video or something, eat a snack. They do NOT want to be ignored - they're very social and like to be a part of everything. They almost always snap out of it and come back down to see what I'm doing. And if not - I just leave and come back a bit later when they've cooled off.
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:17 AM
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Mine is a male, so I guess it's okay, lol.

He's terrible at times. Take yesterday, for example. The moment we returned home, he started chirping (well, it's not really a chirp - it's like a very short & low volume cry, if you will), like every 20 seconds or so. As if he wanted outside. Granted, as soon as we opened the cage door, he stopped the noise & went out. Flew to my girlfriend's head, where he landed on her tight hair bun (I suppose that's how it's called). He likes to sit there, I guess it feels like a nest to him?

He's very grouchy if we're at home and we lock him up in the cage. But we can't have him out 24/7. He craps everywhere! Lol.

It's annoying. 1 hour after he's out of the cage, he starts to become annoying - starts picking at my girlfriend's bracelet, picks the **** out of my / her face, and when we put him back into the cage... "I want out" twice a minute. Haha.
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Old 03-19-2017, 03:57 AM
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I just seen these two posts, EllenD and Jaguar. Didn't realise there is a 2nd page when I last posted...

Thank you for your inputs. I'll do as you said, Jaguar

And Ellen, you may be right. I like scratching his head / neck so that his feathers are not smooth anymore - puff him up, lol.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:53 AM
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Can you please watch this short video? His behaviour has, once again, got us concerned. Hope it doesn't mean he's sick or something...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4SOsp7Wqzw

Edit : Okay, right after the video was done uploading & processing, I went on to play it & see how it looks. GRAVE MISTAKE! Luke heard and he started yelling so loud my right ear is now buzzing.
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Old 03-25-2017, 10:00 PM
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I think he's just trying to make friends with you The side eye and excessive blinking is non threatening body language. He's basically trying to tell you he's feeling relaxed in your presence - relaxed enough to turn away and close his eyes and not worry about what you're doing. He seems super sweet - once you understand his body language a little better I think he'll be a great little companion.
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:55 AM
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I think he's just trying to make friends with you The side eye and excessive blinking is non threatening body language. He's basically trying to tell you he's feeling relaxed in your presence - relaxed enough to turn away and close his eyes and not worry about what you're doing. He seems super sweet - once you understand his body language a little better I think he'll be a great little companion.
Thank you for your input!

So... he's not sick. That's good, we were really starting to worry, since he's never been THAT relaxed, haha. If all he's trying to say is that he's okay with us (finally!), then... super cute, indeed

As you may have seen from the video, we placed his cage next on the balcony, next to the window. Right now it's 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) outside (but it should be spring warm again, starting next week). He's not gonna catch a cold or something, is he? Of course, we keep the window next to him closed most of the time, we only open it briefly throughout the day, and it's not that cold I'd say. But I don't know how well he regulates his own temperature...

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Old 03-26-2017, 10:19 AM
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Okay, we made another video. It's about 5 minutes long. He's DEFINITELY not sick. You REALLY NEED to watch the video until the very end. Or... if you don't wanna hear me being paranoic for 3 minutes, you can just skip to minute 4 or so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KqKdq4gYnA
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