Sunday, January 13, 2013

Why do budgies bob their head?

Budgies look very funny when they're doing it, but why are they doing it? This behaviour is seen mostly in male budgies, but female budgies do it too!

1. Courtship ritual

A male budgie often does this to impress a female budgie. If the female budgie likes him, they will both feed each other and eventually mate. Single budgies sometimes bob their head in front of the cage mirror or another toy they really like.

2. Baby budgies

Baby budgies might bob their head when they're hungry and asking their parents for food. The mother and father will encourage the baby to fly from perch to perch, and the baby might again respond by crying and bobbing its head. It means they're still dependant on their parents.

3. Happiness

Every budgie has its own personality, and some budgies are more outgoing than others. Some budgies dance and bob their head simply because they like it, and they know we like it. They do it when they're happy or excited about something, and they really want to show it.

4. Unusual behaviour

If you think you notice a kind of "weird head bobbing", and other unusual symptoms (like your budgie fluffing up and staying fluffed up for a long time, or vomiting), it's always better to be safe and sorry and take your budgie to the avian vet.


  1. Thank you for this informative post! I've been wondering about this for a while (as you well know). And the videos are great ^_^

  2. Sydney does that sometimes! Its so cute!!!


  3. Joey and Dumbo do this a lot. :)

  4. My green cheek does this to say, "Hey you! I'm about to fly onto your shoulder so you better be prepared!" :>

  5. All my budgies bob their heads its so funny especially when they are talking and getting excited.

  6. Thank you,

    But I am not sure which it is, I have set my pair up to breed but my budgie might just bob his head for fun.
    Help me!

  7. Your baby budgie is adorable!!!

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