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    Is Your Parrot Male or Female?

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    Is Your Parrot a Male or Female? - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Hi, I am Stacey with the Golden Cackatoo in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and today we are going to talk about bird genders: how to tell if your bird is a male or a female. The first thing you need to know is that it is very difficult to tell if your bird is a male or a female just by looking at it because most species of parrots are monomorphic, and that means that outwardly they look exactly the same, both the male and the female. These guys here are both babies. This is a baby that is waiting to be weaned which is why he is talking so much, he is asking for food. And this baby that Katie is holding is too young yet to perch, has not actually learned how to hold onto a perch. And that is why she is holding it. These are Eclectus birds and as you can see the female that Katie is holding is bright red and the male is bright green. That is because they are dimorphic, and that means that outwardly their appearance is different depending on their gender. Most birds as I stated before are monomorphic and it is very difficult to tell the gender of the bird. Budgies are one of the birds that you might be able to tell the gender of if they are old enough. They have to really be older than twelve months in order to tell. And what you can look at if you have a parakeet at home is the cere which is the part or their, right above their beak where their nostrils lay. The cere in a male Budgie is blue or purple. The cere in a female Budgie is usually pink or tan. It is very difficult to be certain that you have got a male or a female Budgie just by looking at it. Similar thing with the cockatiels. Cockatiels you can tell by looking under their wings. If it is a female Cockatiel it usually has barring or spotting under the wing and if it is a male it is usually a solid color. Again these are not guaranteed ways of determining what the gender is of your bird. The easiest way and the fastest way and the most accurate way is to get a DNA sample. You can get a DNA sample by clipping the toenail of the bird and allowing it to bleed a little bit. That blood is used to test their DNA to determine if they are a male or a female. We do not recommend that you do this at home. We do recommend that you take it either your veterinarian or to a professional bird groomer.