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Understanding Your Rabbits Language

Bunnies can't talk to you, so understand your bunny through his body language.

By Corky's Cave

Affection
Head down/presenting: I want to be groomed by my partner or petted bymy human.
Licking: I really want to be your friend. I really like you
Nose nudging: I need attention. Please give me some pets and head rubs.
Pulling on pant leg: Please pay attention to me.

Contentment
Tooth clicking Tooth clicking:
Mmmmm. I like this.
Lying stretched out, feet behind: Life is good.
Flopping over on side or back: Life is very good.
Sleeping: I need my rest.
Ears back and relaxed: I’m secure and happy.

Curiosity
Ears forward:
I hear something over there. What is it?
Ears forward, body leaning forward: Do I dare get any closer?
Sitting up on haunches: If I could just see over that box.

Defense or Aggression
Ears back, chin forward, tail up:
Better watch out!
Grunting and growling: I’m not too happy with what is going on.
Biting: I mean business!
Charging: I’ll get you or Ha! I am just bluffing.
Batting with front paws: Stop that. I don’t like it.
 
Excitement, Happiness, Joy
 
Circling human:
You are my love object.
Running and leaping/twisting in midair (binky): This freedom is wonderful!
Quick shake of head: So good to see you!
Pushing or tossing objects: I’m in a playful mood.
 
Fear, Displeasure
 
Thumping hind leg:
Something’s not right here.
Freezing: I hope no one sees me.
Running: I have to get out of here quick.
Hiding: I am not sure it is safe to come out.
Eyes bulging, third eyelid visible: I don’t like this, not at all.
Nipping: Please put me down.
 
Pain

Loud teeth grinding or gnashing Something hurts a lot.
Hunched up and not moving during regular activity and eating times: I feel terrible. My stomach hurts.
Eyes bulging: I am not a happy camper right now.
 
Territorial Actions

Chinning: This is mine, this is mine, this is mine…
Scattered droppings: I want everyone to know that this is my kingdom

Here is another whole site with pictures of rabbits language! 

The Language of Lagomorphs