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Old 06-09-2016, 06:22 PM
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Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Salty will once in awhile burrow into small tight spaces. A few examples;

Playing on our bed , he will burrow into the space between a pillow and the wall.

Walking along the top of the couch, he will burrow into the space between the wall and a pillow propped against the wall.

Playing with me, he'll try and squeeze into the space between my leg or butt and the back of the couch.

Here's the really interesting thing.. he backs in, in all these occasions. I never associated 'zons with tight , enclosed spaces. Is he really a she?? Salty s less then a year , so it can't be nesting behaviour, can it? Salty is Saltette?? Opinions or experiences?
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Old 06-09-2016, 06:47 PM
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Well, yes - but in trees.

Backing in would not be out of the question - think guard the opening. And BOTH sexes would take turns bring in 'food' for the baby(s). Also, cleaning out the well for a lack of a better word 'burrow.' Hey lets just go with nest hollow.

So, what you are seeing is natural.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:30 PM
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Oh yeah that could be male behavior. Being cavity nester they are always on the lookout for dark holes. Males need to find a good nest site before they court the hens.
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:07 PM
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Welllllllllllllllllllllll... Patagonians nest in burrows which they dig in limestone cliffs, so... the Rickeybird is instinctively INSPIRED by grocery bags, open drawers, any burrow-like place. I avoid letting him get into such, because extracting him is HARROWING!
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Never heard of a zon who didn't pass up the opportunity to get under or behind something! Kiwi is for sure a male and quite fond of getting under a particular chair. He'll usually come out when you ask, but occasionally (in the spring) it takes a stick to extract him. He also loves coming under the blankets and making all kinds of hilarious/ridiculous noises (up until which point he tries to regurgitate, then no more blanket time because we don't want bird barf in our bed Also no coming under the blankets during breeding season either!).

Salty is way too young to be nesting per se, but just like little kids will play house, I'd assume he instinctively checks out anywhere that would make a suitable nesting site even if he isn't ready to nest yet
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Well we all know Amy is a he now..and in almost 27 years with "her" I don't really remember her burrowing anywhere. She does walk backwards sometimes lol.
Do any of you 'zon parronts offer boxes for them? I have never tried. Years ago when my friend Mariann roomed here,with her DYH Shainna,she always put boxes in her house and Shainna would nest. Shainna has to be close to 35 now,and still lays an egg or two sometimes


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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Mmmmm..... box, eh?........have to try and find a small, plain brown box and see what happens.
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Old 06-10-2016, 09:08 AM
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

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Mmmmm..... box, eh?........have to try and find a small, plain brown box and see what happens.
Al, Mariann got her boxes from the post office..those "expedited" <forgot the real name> type...freebee's ..


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Old 06-10-2016, 10:48 AM
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

my panama loves trying to climb behind people when they sit on couch and get between them and the cushions, of course we don't allow this because safety, and she also loves running under the couch and just hanging out. I've never given her a box, but that could be interesting, I'll have to try that.
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Old 06-10-2016, 11:04 AM
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Re: Burrowing behaviour? In Amazons?

Our DYH Amazon also does the back-up walking, we refer to it as his Moon-Walking. He also, has his favored chair to sit under. Tall leg style, so he can see what's going on.

When we get stuff in boxes, Julio is quickly on task to pick-out his. He doesn't get in them, but prefers to make them into small pieces.
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