> > I have a young female maroon-bellied conure, very tame and
> > affectionate. The curious behavior is when she's perched on her cage
> > and I walk up and start dancing salsa (stepping forwards and back).
> > She will give me a funny look and crane her neck up as far as it
> > will go, and then start bobbing her whole head, neck and body
> > up and down. It's the funniest thing to watch. It's not just the
> > normal bobbing she does when I bring out a treat to feed her,
> > it's really extreme. If I stop dancing and reach out my hand
> > she'll hop onto it, so it's not like she's upset or anything.
> > Does anyone know what this is all about?
> The bird is 'dancing' with you.
Go to Seaworld sometime and watch the trainers get the killer whales to
perform. ;-) It is similar. The whales will imitate the body language of
the trainers for some of the "tricks" that they do.
The really bright animals learn tricks by "imitation" so Molly is quite
right! My***atoo, Freya, will raise both wings and say "Ahhhh!!!" when
I raise my arms and say "Ahhhh!". She also makes kissy sounds when I
kiss her on the beak or head...
Birds are so silly and wonderful!
"There are millions of intelligent species in the universe, and they are
all owned by cats" -- Asimov
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