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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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This is not a illness question I have two male parakeets one

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This is not a illness question I have two male parakeets one of my parakeets is always doing which I cal a jiggly dance running back and forth on the perch and putting his little foot on the other bird from reading articles about this its a mating thing is this normal with two male birds
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. We don't have many avian vets on this site. You're correct to attribute his jiggly dance and partial mounting to sexual behavior. It's normal but aberrant behavior because it's not of evolutionary benefit for a male bird to attract the attention and mount another male bird. We see this behavior toward mirrors, toys, and people as well. It's not unhealthy and rarely necessary to treat but if his cagemate's quality of life is suffering, the two birds should be separated into their own cage. Here are a couple of sites that elaborate about sexual behavior in pet birds. Pay particular attention to the "randy budgie syndrome"!

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/sexual-behavior-in-birds/930

http://www.budgiehealth.com/randy-budgie-syndrome.html

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Patricia,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Flight 2 Years Mid Nite Less Then 1. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin