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Budgie mimicry?

So as you all now, my budgie Ike lives with my linnie flock,
Anyway, I thought I would ask, people with budgies with different species,
have your budgies ever mimicked the behavior of the other birds?

You all are going to laugh, and I have not caught it on camera,
but Ike does two things that are strange, and makes me laugh, especially because he looks silly trying to do it.

His sleeping pose, he will crawl up the side of the cage, hook his beak over a bar, and sleep, stuck to the wall with his beak over the top of a bar. its so wierd, he looks like a confused bat bird...

the second one, he walks upside down on the roof! He clings upside down to the top bars of the cage like the linnies do, and its hilarious, cause he usually falls, because he cant do it..

what a strange and endearing little bird...



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Not so much budgies, but I had a lovebird when I was very young called Pip and her cage was next to the indoor budgie aviary that led outside. She would try and chirp a proper budgie chirp all the time and do budgie like things how do you find he gets along with your linnies?

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Lol that's funny

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He gets along marvelously with the linnies, if you are not familiar with the story of Ike, on my fiancee's birthday, I was in a petstore here in burnaby known for not being good for taking care of their animals. Looking at the cramped floor cage that held the birds, I saw a few quaker babies, tiels, and closest to the floor, budgies. I looked in the budgie cage, and to my surprise they had a group of adults, all singing and happy, and in the back, was a TINY baby budgie. He was missing quite a few feathers, and watching him with the other budgies, I could see why. They HATED him. He was an outcast in an established flock of adults. I saw they were having a "sale" (10 dollars off) the regular price of the green budgies. I asked a girl if he would be included, she said yes. (Hes a light green opaline) I said I'll take him. Ike when he arrived was so tiny he could fit in your hand, tail and all. He was also thin, because of all the bullying by the adults around his food. When my fiancee' arrived home that night, I said, you're going to hate me, lol He said, what did you do? he comes in the bedroom, and sees a cardboard box on the floor and my soft carrier out. He looks at me and says what did you bring home? I said Happy birthday? (the only way I was probably going to get away with this, and bend the already established no more birds rule)He looked in the carrier, and saw the tiny bird, and said oh its a bird! (happy voice) (my sigh of relief) and then I went on to tell him the store of little Ike trapped in that hell hole, beaten whenever he tried to eat. He was basically a little yellow puff with eyes when we first got him. The picture with him sitting on the dish, that dish is maybe 3 inches across, so show you just how tiny he was. Second picture is him now

EDIT: CURRRRSSEEE the upload is getting errors, not happy. keeps saying "unable to copy/move file"



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Awww I'm so glad you rescued him, lucky guy now has the best home. Your linnies are all so beautiful I'm jealous I just have one Latino but she is the best little bird, and I always recomend them to people as a first bird now. She lives in a double HQ with a tiel and two budgiea and they all get along great, haven't noticed any changes in behaviour but that's soooi cute

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Aww I'm glad you saved him from those bullies and that your fiancee was ok with it lol

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Your pix are most likely to large... Resize them smaller ( windows 7 does this for me in the photo library under edit )
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I did resize them, which is why its odd...



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What a fascinating story.!! I hope you can get the pics to load, would love to see them.
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Its still saying that... what the hell is going on here guys...



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His sleeping pose, he will crawl up the side of the cage, hook his beak over a bar, and sleep, stuck to the wall with his beak over the top of a bar. its so wierd, he looks like a confused bat bird...

the second one, he walks upside down on the roof! He clings upside down to the top bars of the cage like the linnies do, and its hilarious, cause he usually falls, because he cant do it..

what a strange and endearing little bird...
My male Budgie does the same thing for the last five years, though not all the time and has not done it at all since moving to a larger cage a few months ago. I always thought it was a territorial display, but it sure made me laugh...
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I have a lovebird who sounds like a budgie . He did his own thing until the IRN's came . He started mimicking their behaviour for a while until my cockatiel arrived and then started copying the cockatiel's behaviour . He still sounds like the budgies though and will only respond to their calls. :P
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well my budgie has learnt to say "Merry" from hearing the sennie say it...
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Alright, albiet late, thanks to the error we were all dealing with, here is the pictures comparing:

Ike when we first got him:

Ikethen.jpg

Ike now:

ikenow.jpg



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Very nice! I love how they are so round and compact when they are young
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