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So I'm on a learning curve with 'too behavior since I've gotten Oscar. He's got this dance he does only when he's perched on my hands, and I'm not sure what it means. I tried to get it on video, but he's scared of my phone, so he freezes when I get the phone out. I'll keep trying, but for now I'll just describe it.

Step 1: Bow deeply with his head twisted up a little first to one side, then the other.

Step 2: Raise crest

Step 3: Head bob about 5-8 times.

Step 4: Spread wings wide and flap them a few times.

Step 5: Return to starting position.

These steps repeat in this exact order 5 or so times, and then he presses his beak gently to my arm and relaxes. It's sort of like the big bird dance, but not quite. I'm not entirely sure what it's supposed to mean. He doesn't do it with anybody else, just me.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:07 AM
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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

Potentially IMO mating dance 'just for you'. Plum does something resembling the hokey cokey ("you put one foot in, one foot out") again on my hand. I will let him do it couple of times and then distract him with something else as very flattered but have no intention of laying any eggs this week anyway LOL
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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

Yep, play the wacka-wacka-boom-boom music.
How sweet.
Can't wait to see it.
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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

I was wondering if it was a mating dance. I know he's trying to impress me somehow. I'm just not sure if he's wanting to scare me, attempt to show me he's boss (not), or if he wants me to lay an egg.
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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

Hey,

I have two toos and they do the same 'dance' although perhaps not in the exact order.

The deep bow usually suggest 'take me' or 'put me' somewhere - is (or was) Oscar clippered?

The other moves such as raised crest, wings flapping and head bobing is an excitment sign, I assume he gets quite noisy too in that moment (from deep to high). I usually encourage it as it makes my toos feeling as part of the flock.

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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

It is definitely a show of affection, perhaps unrelated to mating. None of mine do this, though they are very expressive with their bodies.

1- Twirling: They will spontaneously hop in circles or in place in a twirling motion. One of my Goffins drops to the floor and literally hops circles around me.

2- Rapid and repetitive movements: Some will swoop their bodies in dramatic fashion, such as twisting the body 180 degrees left-right-left.... while holding firm to a perch.

Just some of the reasons Goffins are known as Clown Cockatoos!
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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

Exactly what you describe means 1 of 2 things:

1: I'm overstimulated and very excited! (20% of the time)

2: I'm very pissed and am threatening to fly at/attack you! (80% of the time)

I will add that I get a happy/excited variation of these 2, but you'd have to replace the "head bob" with "feather duster mode" as shown here:

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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

One of the things I love most about Cockatoos is how expressive they are. Like a little kid who knows she's funny so she acts goofy to make you laugh.
I figure they must be happy birds to be going through all these gyrations.
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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

Raz goes does this weird thing when she wants attention
1) meow like a cat
2) wave (with her foot)
3) go into bowling pin mode (feathers slick head straight up)
4) dryer mode (she turns into a puff ball and starts spinning around in circles)

usually if I talk to her or go over and pet her (i'm a pastry chef and work from home a good bit so walking over to pet her is not always an option) But it i dont answer.... She climbs off her stand comes running over to me and climbs my pants leg all the while meowing like a cat....
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Re: Not sure what this dance is all about

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It is definitely a show of affection, perhaps unrelated to mating. None of mine do this, though they are very expressive with their bodies.

1- Twirling: They will spontaneously hop in circles or in place in a twirling motion. One of my Goffins drops to the floor and literally hops circles around me.

2- Rapid and repetitive movements: Some will swoop their bodies in dramatic fashion, such as twisting the body 180 degrees left-right-left.... while holding firm to a perch.

Just some of the reasons Goffins are known as Clown Cockatoos!


So when a 'too has a raised crest and is bobbing up and down it doesn't necessarily mean it's a mating call right?? When my boyfriend plays the drums she does this, or when I put her out in the sun on our fence, it seems to me like she's just happy/ excited


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