Is my red bellied parrot a female or male?

by Alex
(Santa Barbara, CA, USA)

I've had my parrot for about 5-6 years and I don't know if it is a Female or male. It had orange on its stomach when it first arrived at my house and now it has barely any orange anymore.. is it a boy or a girl?

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Nov 04, 2009
Red Bellied is Female
by: Anonymous


I have a red bellied parrot too, mine is a male though and for males the orange is very distinctive. From what I read on the internet and have seen in pictures, some females may start out with orange bellies (but not quite as bright - may be speckled with grey/green) when they are very young and change to more grey/green after about 1-2 years. I have read stories that the coloring changed when the bird sexually matured, which is 4-5 years. Some owners mistake them for males at first but then find out they are female when the coloring changes. I would bet your parrot is female. Of course every parrot is different (and pending a good diet) but usually the males' coloring is bright construction orange - almost neon like the '80s. The female orange is more muted when you see it in person. Hope this helps.

Here is a website that discusses it:

Jul 30, 2009
Red Belly parrot gender
by: Tracie

The Red Belly is sexually dimorphic, meaning there is an obvious difference between the male and female plumage. The male will have an orange-red chest area, while the female will have more green and gray on her chest.

I don't know if you have an unhealthy male or a female. I suggest you take your bird to an avian vet for a check up and the vet will be able to tell you.

You can read more about your parrot on our Red Bellied Parrot page.

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