ciara1694 asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

a gray cockatoo how do i know if is a boy or a girl?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I usually could tell by the males singing more often than the females hardly. Also, males might have darker patches around their cheeks while females might have a lighter patch colors around their cheeks.

  • 1 decade ago

    Honestly, the only certain way is to have the bird tested. You can send for a kit..it only takes a drop or two of blood on a special card and then you send the kit back. They let you know via e-mail the results. And, it's a cockatiel, not a cockatoo. Good luck! Try www.dnasolutions.com - about $28!

    Source(s): Owned by 14 parrots in Iowa!
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    With young cockatiels the male and female look the same so it is difficult to decipher their sex until they have been through their first molt at around six to nine months of age. Only then will the adult coloring show.

    Normal gray cockatiels are easily sexed once the adult plumage is through. You will notice that the coloring is more defined with the male having a bright yellow face, whereas the female has a gray face with traces of pale yellow. The male's body is a dark gray but the female's appears duller with almost a brown tint to the gray. Also, until their first molt both sexes have barring patterns on the underside of their tail feathers. After the molt the male's tail feathers will be a solid gray color with no barring, but the female's will remain patterned.

    The above is easily applied for normal gray cockatiels but other color varieties such as albinos, cinnamons, lutinos, pearls and pieds are more difficult to sex.

  • 1 decade ago

    Only one Cockatoo is grey and that is a Rose Breasted. I think you may mean a cocktail! You can have an expert do a pelvic check. You can have a avian Vet surgically sex it. Or if the bird whistles a tune, stands high on the perch, and has DARK orange cheekpatches, it's a male. If it sits low and has muted orange cheekpatches, and makes a chirping sound, and is fat bodied, it is a female.

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  • Em
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You can't tell very reliably without DNA, surgical or pelvic sexing. The first two require outside help from a lab or vet.

    If you want to pelvically sex it, make sure that it's an adult, first. Hold it in one hand, vent up (orifice near the tail). Very gently place your finger above the vent and feel for the groove where the pelvic bones meet -- it isn't gross. On us, that would be the lowermost region of the abdomen.

    When you find the pelvic groove, press very gently into it with your fingertip. If it feels fairly wide, and the bones 'give' a little, like they'll have to to pass an egg, you most likely have a female. A closer, less flexible pelvic region probably belongs to a male. Immature females will also feel like this.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    something 2 do with looking under.. if its round there, its a female. if it looks like a sideways line, its a male.. and yes the male's are always truer and pretty in color.. type in google pink cockatoos and see how beautiful they are ...

  • 1 decade ago

    if bird is 6 mos to year old you can usually tell by cheek patches, the males have bright orange cheeks, the females kind of a washed out peachy color.

    Source(s): long time bird owner
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    spread their little legs and if you see something hanging..it's a boy...if it's swinging it's a MAN!!!!!

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