by Nim
(shelton, wa)

is dna the only way to tell gender?

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Jul 19, 2009
by: Anonymous

It all depends on the parrot. Some species like eclectus are easy to tell, with the males being emerald green and the females being red/ purple. Zebra finches - males have orange cheek spots, females don't. Smoe other species like quakers and most conures, DNA testing is the only reliable way to tell, aside from egg laying in females. What kind of parrot do you have?
Mary Ann

Jul 19, 2009
Sexing birds
by: Linda

In birds where both sexes have the same identical coloration, the dna sexing is a sure way to do it. In young birds, it is virtually impossible to know with certainty which sex they are if coloring is same. Later on, the eyes can tell you much, but you have to wait for a few years or at least until bird's baby eye color changes. In Cockatoos, the male eye will be black and the female a reddish brown. In Amazons, mature males will have brown iris's, and the female will have a reddish color to it.

So, yes, you will need a DNA test to confirm sex if your bird is younger. It is a virtually painless procedure. They either pull a blood feather, and that would be like having a hair pulled out by the roots or they take a small amount of blood and send off to a lab where they run the test.

Of course, in some birds, like the Eclectus, sexing is easy--males are basically green, and females are basically a red/blue/purple. In most members of the parrot family, you won't be able to tell until some time later.

Thanks for writing and let us know what kind of bird you have and what sex it is after your vet trip.

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