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Breeding

Breeding behavior is the normal process of reproduction, with a pair of compatible birds mating and raising babies together.

DEFINITION OF BREEDING BEHAVIOR

The normal process of reproduction, with a pair of compatible birds mating and raising babies together. While reproductive behaviors can vary from species to species, birds of both sexes can come into breeding mode once or twice a year, whether a mate is present or not.

SIGNS OF BREEDING BEHAVIOR

Depending on the bird species, male parrots might become more protective of their mates (whether their perceived mate is bird or human), and more aggressive toward others. Increased territorial behavior is also common, as well as normal noise levels.

CAUSES OF BREEDING BEHAVIOR

The reproductive process is begun in response to a variety of triggers in the environment, such as hours of daylight; fat and/or protein levels in the diet; rainfall; the feeding of warm, moist foods; the availability of a nest, nesting material and a mate. These triggers initiate a cascade of glandular changes in hormone levels that prepare the bird’s body for procreation.

WHAT TO DO

Nothing, unless physical problems arise due to the laying of too many eggs for a female parrot, or protracted behavior problems develop due to prolonged reproductive periods due to the human’s artificial environment. For more information about discouraging a hen’s breeding (much of which also applies to males stuck in a reproductive cycle), click here.

Disclaimer: BirdChannel.com’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.


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