Breeding Or Warning Call
something strange happened today.. I was out of the house - my husband and daughter were here.
My husband said that two degus were on the top ledge, he thinks both or them but possibly only one was calling a cheep sound every couple of seconds over and over..
I'm trying to work out if this was the warning call (daughter was playing on living room floor so maybe this frightened him) or whether it was the breeding call (all suppost to be male)
Because i wasnt here I'm not totally sure what this call sounded like, but my husband said it was a loud short cheep/choop type noise which continued for a good twenty minutes and had about 2 seconds in between calls.
the other degus were in the nest, he cant say whether they ran to the nest after the call or whether they were already in there to start with, which doesnt give me any clue as to whether it was his warning call or not.. all he knows is that it was very loud and he missed most of the rugby because of it *lol*
I've never heard this anything which sounds like what he descibed before.. does the warning call usually sound like a whistle or a cheep noise ?
Concerned that it was the breeding call.. however the odds of there being a female in the group is very low because not only would the rspca have to had made a mistake sexing them but they would also have been very lucky in that they put two of the same same in a different cage without realising... it would have to have been two males in one cage andf two females in the other without them realising.. otherwise they would have bred at the rspca as they were there a year.. so the odds of that are unlikely.. but... what was the call then ? the rspca had them at 3 days old.. so surely if they were mixed sex and then they would have bred before now ?
I've looked on the degu websites that i have and even though they do have sounds.. they dont have the bredding call or the warning call...
can anyone advise on what this could have been ?
the other thing is that if it was a warning call why would two degus remain on the ledeg to call instead of just the one ? and if it was a breeding cvall surely the female wouldnt stay with the male whilst he called ?