Why Do Rabbits Binky?

Rabbits have some unique behaviors.  You may have seen a rabbit suddenly leap in the air and twist their body. This is what is called a binky

A Binky is a leap in the air that rabbits perform when they are happy and comfortable in the surroundings. A binky is a sign of happiness that they show by taking a quick and spontaneous leap in the air.  Rabbits also do a half-binky where they flick their head, sometimes while in the air.

Rabbits are an adorable pet for many and are certainly one of the quietest and calmest.  Rabbits have developed a unique set of body language through which they communicate.

One of the most adorable and happy body movement they tend to do is they take a spontaneous leap in the air, and if you own a rabbit, you must have seen it.

What Is A Rabbit Binky?

When a rabbit performs the Binky, the rabbit takes a sudden leap in the air simultaneously twisting its body and then kicking out of its hind legs.  Bunnies tend to achieve the same expression, whether they are running at speed, but they can even deliver it when they are standing still.

Do Rabbits Hurt Themselves When Performing A Binky?

Rabbits are not the best at judging the landing of the leap and may bump into things on landing.  It is quite common for them to bump into objects, but this is happy behavior.

A binky is a very sudden and spontaneous activity and may look like they could be hurt by twisting, but there is no proof of this.   A rabbit performing a Binky is a sign that they are happy, and if you are an owner of a rabbit, you should be happy too.  

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Why Do Rabbits Binky?

There is only one explanation behind it, and it is that the rabbit is happy and comfortable in its surroundings.  Rabbits don’t have any other way to communicate other than through body language.

Rabbits perform a binky as a sign of happiness and joy. It is a joyful sight because they tend to do it spontaneously, and that is why it is more appealing and satisfying when you see it.

Is A Binky A Sign Of Good Health?

Another reason behind a Binky can be that the rabbit is in good health, and it is getting the right nutrition to stay like that. Giving appropriate care and food to the rabbit will make the binky a common occurrence.  

A bunny that is performing the binky is showing good signs of health. When the rabbit is getting all the nutrition that it requires to be healthy and happy, they tend to do the leap very often. Good food, ample drinking water, occasional treats, green vegetables, are the few factors that will make a rabbit happy and healthy and likely to binky. 

Rabbits should get nutrition from natural foods, and owners and breeder should keep in mind are that there are certain things which can make your rabbit unhealthy.  Excessive sugary treats and artificial or processed food are not suitable for rabbits.

How To Make Your Rabbit Binky?

There are several ways you can make your rabbit binky. These ways can help you to make your rabbit happy enough to perform a leap.

 The ways to try to get your rabbit to binky are by making your rabbit happy.

Play With Them

Playing with them often makes the rabbits very happy. Playing with them and offering them a toy to play with will make them so happy that they may do the binky.

Give Them Their Favorite food

Offer them their favorite food item.  Their favorite food is another thing which will make them happy and excited because rabbits love food. This behavior is kind of similar to humans.

Treat Them Well

Good treatment is another thing that makes them happy. When they are being treated well, then this makes them comfortable.  A mistreated rabbit will not binky.

Take Them To The Garden

If you have a garden and you can allow your bunny to access it.  Rabbits like the outdoors and giving them the run of the yard will make them happy.  The bunny will run around and explore, and this will make him happy, and he may do a binky.

If your rabbit stays in a cage or only a particular area of your house, then giving them some time in the garden will make your bunny very happy.

All this leads to just one answer, make them happy and excited. That is what you need to do to see them binky

What Is A Half-Binky?

There is a common variation of the binky which is also known as the half-binky.  The half-binky is also known as a head flick or an ear flick. This usually occurs when your rabbit is running around, and there is a spontaneous movement, and rather than moving to perform a full binky, rabbits tend to do a head flick or ear flick.

A half binky is also a sign of happiness among rabbits.  To get your rabbit to do the head flick, all you need to do is look at them and flick your head to the side.  This is confirmation that your rabbit is happy and is enjoying the moment.

It is also kind of adorable when they do an ear flick because their ears are larger than their head.  Make your bunny happy, and he will do tricks for you.

What Is A Flop?

The bunny who is comfortable and is at ease will flop in the contentment of the environment. There is a particular build-up to the situation which leads to a rabbit to flop. It will roll around and then finally tilt to one side to rest their head. This behavior usually occurs when they are trying to lie down.

Why Does My Rabbit Lick Me?

There is a reason why your bunny will lick you, and the reason behind it is to show affection towards you. That is the bunny’s way of showing love towards there owners, and this should eventually make you feel happy that your rabbit is satisfied with you and affectionate towards you as well. Some people may not like this, but it is their way of showing utter affection towards you and maybe towards your other family members.

The licking can also be the case when two rabbits are licking each other. They do this to groom each other. This way, they show affection towards each other and also show that they are comfortable around each other.

What Are Some Other Common Rabbit Behavior?

Nose Bonking or Nudging

Nudging with the nose is another typical rabbit behavior, and this is certainly another thing that you will come across if you are a rabbit owner.  Nose Bonking or nudging is the behavior with which rabbits tend to show authority.  The nudge signifies that your rabbit is trying to show his dominance towards you. It can also be used as a greeting or for investigation.

The nudge can also be the sign that the rabbit wants attention. If a rabbit feels like it is not getting enough attention, then rabbit may nudge you to pet and give them care.


Thumping is another rabbit behavior which you will see a rabbit do.  They do this when the rabbit feels danger.  They will thump their tiny hind legs to give a warning signal out to other rabbits in the surrounding areas.

The thumping behavior happens as a result of rabbits not possessing a way of communicating, such as cats and dogs do.  The thumping is a rabbit’s unique way to make other rabbits aware of the imminent danger.

Chin Rubbing

Rabbits will rub their chin on objects and people.  This behavior is the rabbit’s way of marking their territory. They may rub their chin on you which signifies that they are marking their territory on you.

Hopefully, you will know a bit more about why a rabbit jumps and twists in the air, how they do it, how to get them to do a binky and other rabbit behavior.  Although rabbits are quiet animals, their bodies say a lot to other rabbits and us.  By understanding what your rabbit is doing, you will be able to know what they need.

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Bryan Harding

Bryan has spent his whole life around animals. While loving all animals, Bryan is especially fond of mammals and has studied and worked with them around the world. Not only does Bryan share his knowledge and experience with our readers, but he also serves as owner, editor, and publisher of North American Mammals.

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