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a peachfronted conure display described by charlene beane
A quick quote from a May 1988 BIRD TALK, Choosing a Conure, by Charlene Beane. I just tried to find her site but got re-directed to an Asian page, so I can't find her right now. If anyone knows where she is, so I can give her a link and a shout-out, please let me know. In any case, I hope she won't mind this little excerpt from her very detailed article on the conures...
Peachfronts and brown throats...have an interesting trait of defending their cages by hanging on the wire, moving their heads from side to side, clicking their beaks, and bouncing their pupils. This is their form of threatening behavior, and they can really tell you off when you turn your back and walk away from them.
My Peachfronts, especially Courtney, put their own twist on this formula. The males will climb up and then slowly, slowly slide down, and then climb back up again. I have no idea what's supposed to be scary about this gesture, but it drives Cookie (my Yellow-fronted Amazon) bats and he has to go hide in his nestbox.
Can't say I've ever noticed any "bouncing pupils" but they do like to make direct eye contact when they're making an intimidation display, so maybe I just need to look closer. Stay tuned.
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