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Pi hormones and mating behavior?

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Prayinmmoma:
Thank you for the add. I have had Willow, a white-capped Pi since weaning and she (never sexed, just a guess) is 9 years old. I did a lot of research initially with her but like most people here there wasn't alot abailable or it was generic. I am wondering what is the normal breading season and what is typical behavior and hormonal antics for both male and female since we don't know what sex she is.
Thanks

maxsmom:
Hi, is.your wcp really sweet or does it display a bit of tough and tumble behavior? My wcp is a confirmed male. He definitely loves me but he is not a sweet bird. I understand females are really sweet.

Anyway my experience is based on two male pionus parrots. They make a mating squeeky noise. They rub on an object with their bottom and the noise gets louder. The chewing by one of my pionus really steps up a notch. Cage aggression increases. I think January to.March is the time period but honestly once my 10 year old started he never stopped....I got him 2 years ago and this behavior started 1 year ago. I am guessing he needed to settle into the home. I think there is a you tube video of a pionus mating call....before seeing that I didn't know a particular noise my pionus was making was a mating noise.

Prayinmmoma:
Thanks.  I would say she bipolar this time of year.  As long as we get her off her cage (cage aggression started at about 1.5 years) she generally ok.  Lately she's been very aggressive and "moody".  I definitely have to watch her body language before I approach her.  I've never noticed her rubbing her underside on anything.  She randomly started chewing on wood (my house) this year, she had never done that before.  I also have a Africian Grey who is 14, they don't co-mingle but I wonder if each's mating season is interfering with the others....it seems like they both get lovey and moody around the same time. 
I posted a video on FB of Willow "talking" to me the other day and someone responded that it looked like she was mating with the perch....I'll have to find it and post here.  Until then I never really gave it a thought, I just thought it was her "happy" noise, besides the wheeze.  She does try to feed us sometimes, definitely my son (her favorite) more than me. 

momazon:
Hi and welcome, it sounds like you are doing your research.  Our Maxi tries to stand on our arms and wiggle his tail around, but we give a toy to occupy him (usually even pasta tied up in a paper towel will distract him) and he will stop for a while. You probably know not to pet anywhere except the head and neck, except for training. It is a lot like raising a teenager, you just outlast the phase. I think a grey and a WCP would make a good pair

Prayinmmoma:
I am just finding that we shouldn't pet her anywhere but the head.  We knew not to touch her back under her wings.  I wish they got along but Willow is petrified of Morgan so they keep their own space. Morgan will get on her cage and she'll freak out and come running and tattle to momma lol
thanks for all the support. This page and the Pinous FB group have been wonderful. 

One thing I've always wondered about. We weaned her and I spoon fed her as soon as she was eating on her own she refuses to take food from our hands now.  There is only a few favorite treats she'll take from our hand but other than that she runs away.  I figured she's miss independent lol....oh and of course she has to dip everything in her water - that I know is a PI trait.

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