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Old 07-03-2014, 02:33 PM Thread Starter


 
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New behaviors

Of course, of course, its Reptar again. I swear theres something new he's doing every day, and every time its weirder than the last.

He's developed a new twist on climbing down my head. Typically, he climbs down the side of my head using hair/my ear as a ladder. Flips over on his back, holding my hair with one foot then letting go and rolling down to my stomach. ALL THE TIME. In the past week or so, hes adding rolling part way down my chest and immediately shoving himself into my shirt. I usually hang around the house in big sweaters I stole from my bf, and he fully just weasels his way down there and has the time of his life climbing around.

Here he is trying to make a sweater escape in the most unconventional way!




The only weird thing he's started doing is when he wants to be scratched or pet, he never learned to just bend his head down like my tiels did. Instead, he walks down my shoulder, usually rolling sideways down to my chest, and shoves his entire head in between my thumb and index finger. Then proceeds to flip over across the back of my hand with his head still between my fingers. When he gets into one of this moods, I can play with him with just my fingers and he flips onto his back, rolls over different ways, flips over my hands etc. Which often ends up with him falling off me completely and dropping to the bed! He doesn't seem to be phased by it, just crawls back up and starts all over again.

I have never met a bird so amused by not standing on his feet! When he is physically on my mom or I, this bird is on his back more than hes standing up! He is wonderfully healthy, and eats like a champ, gets his exercise by flying regularly on his own and just never staying still. Never had any out of the ordinary behavior, and seems to be genuinely happy when he isn't being a little terror. He's a healthy little guy, just loves being on his back or upside down!

This is the best video I have of it, and its one of the times he rolls off of me entirely and onto the bed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbk36jVYWG0

Has anyone had a bird like this, or even similar? Where they physically seem to enjoy rolling around, rolling off of things on purpose, falling asleep on his back on his own, and so much more. Our dog was asleep on the couch, and I even caught a few videos of him physically trying to bury himself into her fur, flopping onto his back, and going to sleep. It just seems so weird to me, I can't figure out what would be the allure of it that he seems to enjoy so much? It something he honestly seems to enjoy doing. I wanted a bird I could teach to lay on its back in my hand, never in a million years expected all of this to come with it. The amount of personality this little guy has is more than I ever could have hoped for.



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Oh bless him! He's adorable I think it's just who he is

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Maybe he's part ferret

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We were thinking part dog actually, but close enough lol. He actively seeks out our dogs during the day to try to 'hang out' with them, even though they get heavily rewarded when they leave the birds alone.



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Birds are so like people each one has their own personalities and traits. He's adorable.
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I can't get enough of him, he is just adorable!



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that is so funny, my friend has a conure, he's about 2 years old now, and she had an older female doberman that was the most gentle dog, the bird used to ride around the house hanging on to her thick leather collar! it was hilarious, that bird loved her. Unfortunately she passed away a few months ago they were so cute together
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What an adorable bird!

We babysat a Sun a few years ago who couldn't stay out of my husband's sweater, either. She'd sit with her head sticking out of the neck of his sweater for hours. These are such clown birds.
However, I think Reptar is the winner.

About being on his back.....Baby does this, too. When he sees me coming to talk to him, he immediately quits whatever he's doing and runs into his sleep hut from the back side, slides all the way through to the front and then hangs outside of the front end like a big fat worm with about 3/4 of his body hanging out (holding onto the inside with his feet) and then looks at me, with me laughing my head off at him and telling him what a "silly" he is. Then, he'll do the same thing again, this time getting into the front and hanging out the back side, looking at me to see if I'm looking at him. Hilarious! We'll play this game until I have to leave.
He'll do this over and over. I think he knows what laughter is. Sometimes we just play peek-a-boo with his hut.

He's just started doing the same thing with my husband.

When he was in his former cage and using the bigger sleep hut, I'd catch him laying across it on his back on top of the hut and looking at me upside down. What clown!
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that is so funny, my friend has a conure, he's about 2 years old now, and she had an older female doberman that was the most gentle dog, the bird used to ride around the house hanging on to her thick leather collar! it was hilarious, that bird loved her. Unfortunately she passed away a few months ago they were so cute together
Our aussie mix is really good about it, for how persistent he is trying to be near her. She's the type of dog who if you step on her tail, she doesn't make a sound. When she's laying on the ground, Reptar will fly over and step up onto her paws so that he can walk over and snuggle up against her chest under her chin. It's pretty adorable, but of course we still wouldn't trust either dog if we weren't physically right there.

Thanks guys! He is definitely one quirky individual, really don't think he ever learned he was a bird.

Eve, glad to hear you've had a similar experience though! The way his cage is set up doesn't really allow him to sleep on his back anywhere comfortably, but he does on me constantly. Instead of sleeping inside his cozy hut anymore, he shoves himself into this tiny 2 inch space between the cage bars and the back of the hut and sleeps there every night. Its so odd.



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Oh my gosh that is adorable!!!!! I mean really that is so cute!
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This little parrot is just gorgeous!
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