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Old 07-06-2016, 03:01 AM
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Hormonal or Territorial behaviour?

Hi I finally decided to let both Eclectus Pairs together and they are not fighting, they sit next to each other which is good but the older female which is 7 yr old is acting weird she would put her head down like a position of taking off but then starts flapping her wings slowly with her wings slightly open and the males are just ignoring her like nothing is happening, she is also putting her back into them and as soon as she gets the male's attention she turns around and ask to be fed (seems like she didn't want the male to mount her) then do the wing flapping all over again.. it's being going on for couple hours so my question is, is she being Hormonal or Territorial or something? The Females do not fight and her mate feeds her all the time without her doing these "dance".

The other Female which is 4 yr old is just following the 7yr old female's mate around and also asking him to feed her, he fed her once and now he is flying away as soon as she ask for food...

They are aviary birds but the male is tamed, only the 7yr old female has bred before and the others has not. I have never seen them mate, I've had 1st pair for 1yr+ and 2nd pair only been here for 3 months. The male of the 2nd pair is the tamed one and he has no interest in the females he has more interest to humans and he is 6 yrs old.

My Goal is to breed my Eckies but I have no idea about their behaviors.. and can not find anything on the net, please feel free to leave your opinion!
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Re: Hormonal or Territorial behaviour?

I find it interesting that there is not a lot of information about this behavior online or in books because it's very common and many people don't know what it means. When I first rescued my Eclectus, I had no idea what this behavior was either and she was doing it non-stop. After having her for two years, I've learned that this is simply a begging behavior. I believe when I first got her she was begging for her previous owners, but now she does it for the simplest things. These items include being held, leaving and going back to her cage, and most definitely getting her favorite treat, which is a peanut.

For your Eclectus it is probably a type of mating behavior, more so driven by hormones than a desire to mate. She's hoping to attract attention, and she may not be content with the males she's given. Eventually that will probably change. It's also very possible that she is begging for human interaction as well.

If I were you I would get to know her likes and dislikes to see what she is begging for.
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