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Old 06-25-2012, 09:47 PM
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I finally caught this odd thing Petey does once in a while on camera. I have always wondered what this little jig means. My guess is some sort of mating dance. There are currently no other birds or mirrors in the cage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d-2V...ature=youtu.be
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Looks like the bath dance to me!
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Are you sure Petey is male?
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My uncle says the breeder he got him from was sure he was male, and the vet said orange cheek patches, vibrant yellow coloring, and no barring on the tail feathers all strongly indicate male gender.

If this is a bath dance, that's odd because he hates every form of water beside drinking.
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Does he sing?
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No, he was always more on the quiet side. Only time he really pipes up is when he hears a car pulling into the driveway.

Are you thinking he may be a she?
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So when he makes noise, it's more calling than whistling? Does he do heart wings or beak bang? To me your video looks like female mating behavior. Pied birds are very difficult to visually sex, so it is possible the breeder and vet got it wrong.
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Whenever he chirps, it's a one tone chirp. Of course he has more than one chirp, but it's rare to hear him use more than one tone or pitch in the same chirp.

Bodily mannerisms I have observed:

-One foot, one wing stretch to greet anyone who walks in the door.
-Vigorous tail wag when happy or interested in something
-Full wingspan stretch for about 10 seconds
-Rubbing beak on perches and cage bars after eating (I think that's just cleaning)
-Shaking head when I whistle to him
-Beak grinding when going to sleep

I looked up what heart wings are, and I honestly can't recall if he's ever done that or not. I'd really hate to learn I've been calling a female bird Petey for 10 years...
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I think you have a female. I can't be 100% sure, but that would be my suspicion. You could always do the Avian Biotech DNA test if you want to know for sure. It costs about $25.
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I think you may have a female too. The DNA test might be a good idea.
My friend's female used to do this type of thing...I never saw Jack do it in the 5 years I had him. I would be interested to find out his sex definitively though.
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