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Old 06-29-2012, 02:51 AM
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Senegal body language and noises questions.

I have started to bond with Lexi and I really enjoy my time with her. She is so sweet and adorable!

Could anyone help me with her body language and what her noises mean?

She does what I think is just a call for me when I have the tiels out and she is waiting for her turn. It is not unpleasant.

She does the high pitched squeal when she is scared. I figures this out quickly because she did this the first week when I got near her

But when I rub her she makes a noise that is almost like a duck quack. At first I thought that meant stop but now I am thinking it means she likes it?

Also, her pupils dilate quite a bit. What does this mean? I thought it was a bad thing but she also does it when I am petting her.

One more thing. She likes to nibble my fingers and nose, lips, etc. Is this okay or will it lead to biting later? She is very gentle now.

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Old 06-29-2012, 03:41 AM
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Re: Senegal body language and noises questions.

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One more thing. She likes to nibble my fingers and nose, lips, etc. Is this okay or will it lead to biting later? She is very gentle now.
It could lead to biting later if left unchecked, but if it does happen it will be by biting harder and harder as the days pass. It's something you should work on straight away if you notice it starting to get stronger.

Of course, there's a always chance that you have one of those rare babies that will never bite anyone!

I'm not sure if that 'quack' noise is the same, but my GCC does similar when he's super happy to be around me. It's more of a low pitched gravely "qua-" sound and its mixed in with happy beak grinding noises.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:03 AM
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She does the high pitched squeal when she is scared. I figures this out quickly because she did this the first week when I got near her
Oh and I forgot to mention, Birdy does this squeal when he is just plain upset at me. It happens most often when I walk past his cage at some unruly hour of the morning when Birdy just wants to get a good night's sleep - I'll hear a long and soft squeal, then look at his happy hut to see a fluffy conure head poking out and looking back at me. I'd try to apologize, but he'll squeal even louder if I talk.
He's super cute when he's pissed off!
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Re: Senegal body language and noises questions.

Thank you for your input. I let her nibble because when she first went to me I figured she was just checking me out. I wanted her to be able to trust me. And I wanted to show her that I trust her not to bite me. And I think it is pretty darn cute, but of course it wouldn't be if it turns into something worse!

Birdy sounds cute!
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Re: Senegal body language and noises questions.

Bogart clicks his beak three times in a row when he wants a scratch or preen I noticed this when I had a female he would do it as he aproched her and she would do it back then they started to preen each other, of course he's a man and ony preens her for about 10 sec and expects her not to stop for an hour. LOL!
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Bogart sounds cute! I have a male cockatiel that will get scritches from his girlfriend and he never reciprocates. Not even ten seconds
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Re: Senegal body language and noises questions.

it sounds like you two are off to a great start sometimes Oscar pins his eyes when i pet him I'm not really sure why, but sometimes he tries to nip me after pinning, usually after I hit a sore feather. good luck !
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Re: Senegal body language and noises questions.

That is why I was confused, I thought pining meant they are going to bite, but in this case she is content.

She is so precious. I love her to pieces
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Re: Senegal body language and noises questions.

Pinning means extreem interest you must put that with the body language . it will take awhile to get the hang of it.
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Re: Senegal body language and noises questions.

Our Zuzu does a loud squeal too when he sees us and wants attention so that is normal. As for the beak clicking or quacking sound, means their content with you, kinda like when u rub a dogs ear and it wants to lean into you like O YEA THATS THE SPOT, Zuzu does it when cuddling under our chin and were petting his head feathers in opposite direction. As for pinning the eyes means something of extreme intrest. Now when u said does the nibbles, thats not much to be worried about unless it starts to get harder or stronger then its time to stop it, otherwise the nibbling is just grooming you, mine does it to me, he'll prune my face, ear, earlobe, my hair, or it on my hand, he's better than nail clippers he can spot the start of a dead skin or cutetical (bad hang nail) and clips it without any pain whatsoever. So it seems you don't have that much to worry bout just the basic body language.
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