How do I tell if my Blue Crowned Conure is a male or a female?

by Hunter
(United States)

Is there anyway to tell without surgical suggestions? My bird is almost middle aged, and we have no idea whether he is a male or female. We think he's a boy, but we're not quite sure. It would be greatly appreciated if you would answer this question for us! Thank you!

-Hunter

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Jan 14, 2012
Determining gender of conure
by: Tracie

Yes, you can take your bird for a DNA test. You should Find an Avian Vet or an experienced breeder to do this for you.

My preference is an avian vet, because they will draw blood, and a breeder will either cut a toenail and make it bleed or pluck a feather, both of which in my opinion is cruel.

I know you are curious, but honestly I doubt it will change anything in your relationship with the bird and it is probably best you just not know.

If the bird is a female, then the only risk is egg binding if it starts laying eggs. If you feeding a high quality pellet diet like Harrison's or Roudybush pellets for 80% of the diet and only 20% treats that include seeds, then you don't even have to worry about that.

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