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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-15-2014, 11:40 PM Thread Starter

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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.

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I think he's showing you love. Some experts say it's a territorial marking as well. Either way I think it's a positive sign that your bird loves you and considers you "his".

My female P'let is a beak rubber. She's not to crazy about letting me give scritches, if I do then it has to be her idea...but she will do beak rubs instead. She rubs her beak on my cheek in the morning, her way of giving a kiss and will rub on my hand/arm when she's out playing.
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Yep, it's love. You can call it marking or whatever you want but they only do it to the people they love so I call it love. Codee, a girl GCC, climbs down from my shoulder (always the right one, she does not go on the left one) and perching where my right clavicle is, she rubs her cheeks and beak on the edge of my chin and makes loud kiss noises and, of course, I stop whatever I am doing and kiss her head and give her scritches so I think that, in her case, it's a bit of manipulation to get what she wants -LOL- but she is so sweet about it that I can't help but 'fall for it' every time.
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Glad to hear it (: thanks. Seemed like an oddly specific behavior, good to know it had a similar intention to what I thought. D'aw my silly bird loves me. Love how birds can show things in all these little ways.

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Mine have all done this too It's very sweet

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