What is the sex of my bird?

by Heidi
(Caldwell, Ohio, USA)

How do you tell the sex of a Timnah African Grey Parrot

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Sep 03, 2010
What is the sex of my bird?
by: Linda

If your bird is under 5-7 years old, you'll have to have an Avian Vet do a DNA test to tell the sex of your bird. After they are sexually mature anywhere between 5-7 years old, one can usually tell by certain behaviors common to either the male or female. Males will start showing a mating display that consists of standing with a very straight, stiff back with tail feathers spread while walking back and forth on perch. Sometimes, their eyes will pin as well. The female's mating display is very different, and she will bend over, put her rear up into the air and spread and shake her tail feathers. Sounds normally accompany both displays, and they are so different as to be able to only watch and tell who is male and who is female. Sometimes the hens will also lay an egg which removes all doubt as to what sex they are. It is always a good idea to name a parrot a name that can be either male or female to prevent confusion for the humans later on. Example: I had a Scarlet Macaw baby I raised from very small and named Sherlock. "Sherlock" turned out to be a female when "she" got to be around 7 years old. I'm STILL confused about that, and it has been years and years. We changed name to Sherl, but always thought of her as Sherlock.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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