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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-26-2014, 12:44 PM Thread Starter

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Feeding in bonded pairs

Mostly just curious. Is it typically for bonded pairs to 'feed' one another while preening, even without any sort of other breeding behavior? Just not something I've ever seen them do before last night. Pan fed Nike and a few moments later, Nike did the same back. I know pairs sometimes feed one another in the nest when brooding eggs, but they've never shown any signs of being in that mindset otherwise.

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I am also surprised.
Paulchen is often feeding his little hen.
I've only known this behavior when the male parrot wants to mate the female or when the hen is breeding.
With male linnie couples one overtakes the "female" role and is fed by his partner.
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Perhaps the new aviary has them a little out of season frisky? I don't know what the weather has been like out there but maybe they're just being romantic?
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My linnies were feeding each other recently too. They are not in the nesting mood, but they do occasionally feed and mate with each other in addition to preening...just keeping up the romance

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Yeah all 5 pyhurra conures I have had would do it among one another in a none sexual way

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