color/maturity temperment changes

by john
(pasadena md.)

Hi. I recently purchased a hahns macaw. I am not sure of the sex. I have had it about 2 months and i love it! I was curious as to which of the sexes was the most colorful. And when or if its colors would come in more brighter with age.(the red on the shoulders the yellow tint and teal head)

It is about 7 months old and im starting to notice more teal on its head and a yellow tint underneath and was curious about the red on the wings. I also was curious about when they generally start talking as mine already is trying and doing ok. thank you.

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Nov 04, 2011
color/maturity temperment changes
by: Linda

There is no difference in coloration between the male and female Macaw of any species. You'll have to take your bird to an Avian Vet and have material taken for a DNA test. The Avian Vet will take skin cells or a bit of blood and send it to a lab that does DNA testing. This will be the only way to tell sex of your bird unless he/she becomes sexually mature and lays an egg. Do NOT do any home DNA test kits because your bird can bleed out if you don't know what you're doing. An Avian Vet is the only person who should do this test on your wonderful bird.

Name him/her a name that is good for both sexes, like Charlie, Nicki, even Michael is for both sexes as is Alex. Then when you do find true sex, the bird's name won't have to be changed.

I had a baby Scarlet Macaw years ago, and named HIM Sherlock. Well Sherlock turned out to be a female, so had to shorten name to Sherl. I often called her Sherl anyway, so she did notice a big difference. Go with an either/or name and then it's not such a tough thing to get your head around. A girl named Sherlock caused me lots of emotional difficulty, and that's a fact.

Linda

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