On this page i have tried to outline some of the most basic forms of rabbit behaviour that you are likely to witness and what this means to your buns, by understanding their behaviour will help you bond with you rabbits.
In understanding the basics of a rabbits behaviour it is important to remember that unlike dogs and cats they are in essence a prey animal, therefore their natural instincts are based on survival. Sudden noises or fast movements may startle them into taking cover, for this reason always approach your rabbit calmly while talking quietly.
Thumping is also a natural behaviour, that in the wild would signal a danger to the rest of the colony, in captivity rabbits still thump (bucks more than does) sometimes when they are startled or there is a predator about (such as a cat). However this behaviour has been modified by domestic rabbits and is often used as a means of annoyance or demand for attention.
Binkies are when a rabbit jumps high in the air while running, often twisting and turning, these are a sign of happiness and are great fun to watch.
Flattening is when a rabbit flattens itself to the floor while still keeping its ears and head raised, this is often mis-identified as fright or a submissive behvaiour, it is however how a rabbit asserts dominance over another (once a pecking order has been establish through mounting) the more submissive rabbit will usually groom the head of the rabbit that has flattened itself.
Chining rabbits, usually bucks, will rub their chins on their hutch, toys, the garden, the house and even you, this is simply a form of territory marking.
Licking you is a rabbits way of accepting you as part of their 'warren', it like saying 'i love you' and 'you're part of my family'... social grooming is a big part of a rabbits life and the way they establish bonds, if your rabbit is licking you its a great sign that they accept you... return the favour and groom them (stroke them) to let them know you care too.