Why Is My Parakeet Bobbing His Head?


As you get more familiar with your parakeet, you may find that they do many different actions depending on their mood.

One of the actions that may start to show up more often, especially as your parakeet gets a little bit older, is that they will bob their head up and down. 

Why Is My Parakeet Bobbing His Head?

Your parakeet will bob their head to get attention from their owners, parents, or to attract the opposite sex for mating. If the parakeet is left alone quite a bit, they can get bored and will choose to bob their head up and down as a form of entertainment. 

There are so many reasons why a parakeet will choose to bob their head up and down. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more common reasons that your bird is doing this action. 

Why Is My Parakeet Bobbing His Head?

There are a lot of different reasons why your parakeet may choose to bob their head up and down. It will often depend on the situation that is around the parakeet to help determine why they are acting this way.

Male parakeets will often do this when they are trying to find a new mate as a way to get attention from the female bird nearby.

Bobbing of the head can also be a form of territorial aggression when the bird wants to make sure that others know they belong in that area. 

It is not uncommon for the baby parakeet to bob their head in order to get some attention from their parents or when they are hungry and would like to eat.

Attention is a big thing with this, with the parakeet working to bob their head when they want to mate, when they want other birds to notice them, and for the babies who are getting attention from the parents.

In some cases, it is even possible that the parakeet will bob their head because they are bored

Do Parakeets Bob Their Heads When Looking for a Mate?

It is common that the male parakeet is bobbing their head because they would like to find a mate.

They will usually do this while performing a dance as a way to attract the females that are close. 

This is like a mating dance for the birds because it is able to draw in the attention of the female parakeets who are in the area. 

If you have one male and one female parakeet who are placed in their own cages, then there is a good chance you will see the male do their own little routine to get the female’s attention. 

And this routine is likely to include the male bird bobbing their head up and down. When you see this, keep the male and female parakeets apart or you will end up with some baby parakeets on your hand. 

As your parakeet reaches the age of maturity and starts to look for a mate, you will see this more often.

It is the most common if you already have a female and a male parakeet around. Be careful with the two birds being close to one another once they get to the age of looking for a new mate. 

One thing that can be interesting to see is how the parakeet will respond to their own reflection.

Male parakeets will sometimes bob their head in front of a mirror if one is close by. They may do this because they believe they are looking at another parakeet, rather than at themselves. 

Do Parakeets Bob Their Heads to Show Aggression?

It is possible that the parakeet will bob its head on occasion to show a little bit of aggression. This is often territorial aggression, though, so it is a little different than showing outright aggression to others.

Parakeets will bob their heads up and down a bit as a warning to others that the surrounding area is their territory and that others need to back off. 

If another bird does try to enter into this territory, then the first parakeet is likely to bob their head up and down to show how they are the biggest and baddest bird around.

The other bird will likely back off a bit to avoid getting into any kind of confrontation at the time. 

Unless you are the owner of the parakeet, you should probably keep some distance between you and the bird if you notice they bob their head when you get close. 

You may notice this more when you bring a new parakeet into the home.

If one of the birds has been in the home for some time and then you decide to bring in another parakeet, then you may find that the first one will get a little bit territorial and want to have their own space.

Separate cages for each one can help with some of this aggression and can give them each a place that is their own. 

Do Baby Parakeets Bob Their Heads?

Baby parakeets will bob their heads. This is often done because they can get the attention of their parents or when they are hungry. 

As babies, you will see this out of the parakeet more often because they are dependent and more needy with their parents. 

As the babies start to get weaned from their parents, they will learn how to fly from one perch to another.

The babies will respond to this by crying and bobbing their head in the hopes of getting more attention. 

This will continue until the baby parakeets learn how to be independent of their parents and will decide to brave the world and explore. 

Do Parakeets Bob Their Heads for Attention?

Parakeets are a breed of bird that loves attention. If they are able to get some kind of attention out of the humans around them or other birds, they are likely to do it.

 One of the ways that they will try to get attention from their owners is by bobbing their heads. The amount that the bird will do this does depend on their own personality. 

Some like to be left alone so may not try to get as much attention, while others will be more outgoing and cheery and will bob their heads to really get attention. 

Sometimes the parakeet will do this to help liven the mood in the area and to get more attention from their owners. 

The more that you give attention to the head bobbing, the more likely it is that the parakeet will continue to do it. 

Will My Parakeet Bob Their Head When They are Bored?

Yes, it is possible that your parakeet will decide to bob their head when they feel bored. If the parakeet is stuck inside the cage for long periods of time and they do not get any kind of interaction with other birds or with humans, they will start to get bored and they need some form of entertainment. 

One way that they can get this boredom out is to bounce their head up and down. If you start to notice this quite a bit, it may be time to find new ways to entertain the parakeet and help them feel better. 

Teach them how to speak, play with them, or consider getting a second parakeet to keep them entertained. 

I It Normal for My Parakeet to Bob Their Head?

Yes, head bobbing is considered a normal behavior for parakeets. Most of the time it is a sign that the parakeet wants to get the attention of someone else, though there are times when the parakeet will do it when they are bored to help them to pass the time. 

There are situations where the parakeet may do this because they do not feel good, though this is not as common.

 You will need to take a look at some of the other signs that the parakeet shows to determine if this is the case or not. If you are ever worried about the reasons why your parakeet is bobbing their head or not, then it is a good idea to talk to your vet about it as well. 

Watching for the Head Bob

Your parakeet may choose to bob their head on occasion. If you have never had a parakeet for a pet, this can seem a little strange and it is normal to be curious about this behavior and why the bird is doing it in the first place. 

For the most part, your parakeet will bob their head to get attention or to mark their own territory. No matter the reason, this is common behavior for the parakeet. 

Jennifer Nelson

Jennifer loves animals! Jennifer used to work in animal rescue but she brought too many of them home so she had to stop. She loves caring for and sharing her knowledge for all kinds of pets. She has been part of the Embora Pets team since 2018.

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