Heya heya hiya! So it’s been a little while, yeah? I’ve been doing commissions and other stuff, but today’s a bit of a crappy day and not too much up for working on commissions, so I decided to do something else instead. That something else ended up being the start of a little project of sorts I’ve been wanting to do to get back into doing more headcanon sketchdumps. This time, the focus is on the behavior of the equine in the MLP world, ranging from general behavior seen in all breeds and particular behavior seen in specific breeds. This one in specific is about the pegasi! So with that all said, here’s a bit of headcanon about pegasus behavior:
Of the breeds, the pegasi are probably the most expressive when it comes to body language due to the use of their wings to further convey what they’re possibly feeling. Even ponies that don’t have wings but do have feathers tend to be a little more expressive in their body language, and one of the most common show of emotion is to fluff up their feathers.
A pegasus may do this for a variety of reasons: the most common is to try and make themselves look bigger in the face of a threat or a show of dominance and aggression (which is often accompanied by wide-spread wings and fanned-out tailfeathers), but other reasons can be linked to their fluffed-up feathers. One is because of embarressment or pleasure, another is to simply keep themselves warm in cold weather, and another is perhaps to display themselves to someone they find attractive while prancing like a show horse.
Another common (and pretty obvious) behavior seen in pegasi (and ponies with feathers in general) is preening. While there are spas and products specifically geared toward preening, the most common method is the traditional way: by mouth. When preening, the pegasus concentrate the barest hints of their magic directly in their mouths that, when mixed with saliva, acts acts as a water-proofing agent for the feathers. It’s socially acceptable for a pegasus to preen in public since it’s obviously a necessity, however many opt not to given the somewhat intimate nature the act implies (and not in the sexual sense). This goes doubly so if a pegasus is allowing someone else preen their wings.
While it is seen as a bonding activity of sorts, allowing your wings to be preened by someone other than yourself is one of the largest shows of trust a pegasus (or any winged creature for that matter) can display because they are essentially allowing themselves to be vulnerable and put the health of their wings in the care of someone else. It’s a huge deal between winged-creatures in general to allow another preen them, but it’s doubly so if they let a creature without wings do it because, unlike another pegasus, a unicorn or earth pony may not fully understand how important preening is to a pegasus (since they themselves don’t have to deal with it for obvious reasons). So teaching a wingless friend how to preen and letting them preen your wings? That’s a very deep level of trust right there. o3o
Random funfact: I like to think the Mane 6 are so comfortable around each other that the winged members don’t feel too embarressed when preening in front of them. Extra bonus that they wouldn’t hesitate to allow their wingless friends to preen their wings for them if asked. C:
Aaaaand I think that’s all I have to say for now? Drawing floofy pegasi is a good way to lift the mood, it seems. x3 Anyway, feel free to ask anything if you’d like, and I hope you enjoy the doodles. ^.^