Frequently Asked Questions about:
Differences between Male and Female Parrots

Questions:

1) How do you determine the sex of a parrot?
2) Which talk better - male or female parrots?
3) Which make better pets - male or female parrots?


Answers:

1) How do you determine the sex of a parrot?

With most species of parrots, the sex of the bird can not be determined accurately by visual inspection because they have no external sex organs. To determine the sex of the bird, there are two common methods. One is surgical sexing which requires putting the bird under anesthesia, making an incision in the abdomen of the bird, and then inserting a small laproscope and visually identify the sex of the bird. The other method is much less intrusive and simply involves taking a drop of blood from the bird and sending it to a lab for DNA analysis. This is the method we use.

The only parrots we raise that can be sexed by visual means is the Eclectus parrots whose sex can be determined by different colored feathers at about 3 weeks old, and most cockatoos whose sex can be determined by eye color at about 1 year of age.

2) Which talk better - male or female parrots?

We do not believe that talking ability differs between the sexes - regardless of the species. We have some outstanding male and female talking birds.

3) Which make better pets - male or female parrots?

We get this question a lot. We believe that both sexes of all the species we raise make equally great pets. We believe that what kind of pet a bird will make has far more to do with how it is raised than what sex it is. For instance we have had as personal pets both male and female Eclectus parrots, and they both made great pets. We keep in touch with the people who buy our birds, and we have sold just as many males as females. Almost everyone loves their birds and has found that gender was not important.
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