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Rubbing beak against hand
So a new behavior has popped up in my baby Green Cheek, Reptar and I was just curious about mindset behind it.
He loves his fruit and veggies and often gets a 'veggie face' where he has flecks of food all over and just generally stuffs his face into everything. When he's done eating, he'll wipe his face off on a perch, towel, blanket, me. Whatever is nearest by at the time, in order to clean off his face and be all pretty and presentable again.
But if I'm picking him up for the first time in a while, like if fifteen minutes or so has gone by, he'll do the same sort of action and rub his beak and face on my hand for like five seconds before going on with whatever he was doing before. When he does this, he doesn't have food on his face and usually hasn't eaten just beforehand, its just that he does it to my hand every time by choice.
I'm curious about what would motivate it. Is it just that he's wiping his face off like normal or is it an affectionate gesture of 'oh hey, there you are.' He is honestly pretty over bonded to me and panics if he's not by my side or in the near vicinity, so I'd like to think of it as an affection thing without putting too much human emotion behind his action. Just curious about what you guys think of it.
lindsay, owned by three conures
six tiels, two dogs & two tortoises