Hi all,
Here's a video of my cockatiel:
http://gear.dyndns.org/~paulgear/cockatiel.mpeg
He does this funny little crouch thing usually no more than once every 1-3 days, usually in the middle of the day, and usually while it is fairly quiet in his environment. When he's doing it, he's a lot more vocal when i stroke his back (as shown in the video), but he will vocalise a bit just on his own. He is happy to be touched almost anywhere on his body while he is doing this, whereas when he is not doing it, he only likes being touched on his head & neck.

Is this a mating ritual, or something else?
Thanks,
Paul
Hi all, Here's a video of my cockatiel: http://gear.dyndns.org/~paulgear/cockatiel.mpeg He

Are you sure it is a "he"?
Is this a mating ritual, or something else?

The position it is in looks the same as a female wanting to be "serviced".
Thanks, Paul

Alan
No, i'm not sure it's a he. In fact, i've been suspicious for some time that he might be a she (given that she doesn't talk and is a bit nippy with everyone except me). I figured we'd find out if she started laying eggs... ;-)
Paul
Are you sure it is a "he"? The position it is in looks the same as a female wanting to be "serviced".

No, i'm not sure it's a he. In fact, i've been suspicious for some time that he might be a ... is a bit nippy with everyone except me). I figured we'd find out if she started laying eggs... ;-) Paul

I'm bettin it's a female. It's hard to tell the sex of some cockatiels. This is the first time I've had a male tiel. They seem to be more noisy and not as tame as females as far as handling.
... I'm bettin it's a female. It's hard to tell the sex of some cockatiels.

General consensus here in .au is that there's no point in trying to tell unless it's a wild/natural. They tell you to get any colour mutation DNA or surgically sexed.
Paul