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    Another question - begging

    Gonzo will be 1 year old on June 2nd. So, I don't know if this is unusual for him to be doing at this age, or how I should react.

    He does it mostly when we're eating and he's not getting any of it, but sometimes he seems to do it randomly. He does the little head-bob like baby parrots do when they're begging for food or being fed by the parents - he's not trying to regurgitate, he leans back, tilts his head up, and does it. It reminds me very much of a baby bird when he does it.

    He'll do it to our chins if he's sitting on us when we're eating, but he'll also do it to our ears if he's preening them, or today he did it to Bobby's baseball cap when he was wearing it - is he doing what I think he is? Or is it some other goofy conure behavior?

    Also, we've just been ignoring it, as it doesn't seem like it's something we should encourage - anything else we should be doing?

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    Re: Another question - begging

    Perfectly normal. My one friend has three Suns right now and all do the same thing. She also has a Jenday and a new BCC. The Jenday does it and the BCC is learning quickly.

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    Re: Another question - begging

    But why? Is it actually begging? I thought they only did that until they were weaned...

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    Re: Another question - begging

    It's a simple learned behavior. Perhaps the person that had him before you found it cute and so she rewarded it by giving him food. He's learned that by being cute, you get food.

    If a dog can learn that giving the puppy eyes and putting their ears back gets them food, a Conure can learn something similar.

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    Re: Another question - begging

    Perfectly normal sun! Darwin constantly does it, and I don't think it has to do with learning it either (because we generally ignore it or tell him to knock it off). I think it can be begging, but also I think it is just a flock response to "feed me because you love me". Darwin does it all over me...my knee if I am working, my neck, ear, or whatever he can get his beak up to.

    Plus, he is soon to be two...so I don't think it is just a baby thing with these guys.

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    Re: Another question - begging

    Hmm, good to know. He's just so different from Jinx!

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    I think conures are the weirdest birds...

    This morning for example, Darwin was snuggled in my shirt and I went to take a sip of coffee, and Darwin screams out "BE GENTLE" at the top of his lungs. What the heck? Weirdos I am telling you...

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    Re: Another question - begging

    That's so cute!

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    Re: Another question - begging

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb View Post
    I think conures are the weirdest birds...

    This morning for example, Darwin was snuggled in my shirt and I went to take a sip of coffee, and Darwin screams out "BE GENTLE" at the top of his lungs. What the heck? Weirdos I am telling you...
    Maybe a tiny bit splashed him one time?

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    Re: Another question - begging

    Yes, my Sennie does not do it anymore but he did until he was about a year and a half.

    My Pionus is 17 and he still does it sometimes!


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    Re: Another question - begging

    That's crazy, Hillari!

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    Re: Another question - begging

    Quote Originally Posted by Breadpazoid View Post
    Maybe a tiny bit splashed him one time?
    Hahah, not a chance! Darwin was being grouchy because I was interrupting his napping. His royal highness was irritated...

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