Cheerful curious lovebirds feel great in city apartments. They are not particularly moody, very interesting to observe, and extremely sociable. But they do better and live in pairs longer. At the same time, males and males outwardly practically do not differ from each other.
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- - the address of the veterinary clinic;
- - pieces of paper and other materials for building a nest.
Most often, the question of how to determine the sex of lovebirds arises when buying. You can, of course, suggest that the store owner contact the veterinary clinic so that the necessary tests can be taken from the parrots. But endoscopy and DNA testing are quite expensive procedures. Therefore, it is easier to buy an already formed pair. In the future, you can determine the gender of partners by their behavior.
If there is no such pair in the store, look at the parrots in profile. In males, the head is usually elongated than in females, and it seems flat in the back of the head. But one should not be guided by this sign alone, the shape of the head can also be a purely individual feature.
An experienced bird watcher can determine the sex of a lovebird by the condition of its pelvic bones. In the female, the distance between them is somewhat wider than in the male. If the parrot is accustomed to hands and is not afraid, such a survey can be carried out. However, females are far from always inclined to allow such liberties, even to the owner whom they know well. Males are more accommodating in this regard.
The existing pair of lovebirds, even in a new place, very quickly adapts and begins to engage in their "family affairs". Sexual determinism in the behavior of these birds is much more pronounced than in appearance. The female is more quarrelsome and mobile. Often she inspires her partner for a long time.
Place a paper napkin in the adult lovebird's cage. The male will react to this completely calmly. As a last resort, tear the paper into pieces. The female is more thrifty. She will tear off a piece and stick it under her tail. Thus, she collects "building material" for the nest. Of course, in the event that the time for mating has already come. The male at this time rubs against any object that he can find.
Some amateurs try to determine the sex by taking the lovebird by the legs and turning it upside down. It is believed that the female is frightened at the same time, bends her legs and clings to her hand, and the male behaves completely calmly and can remain in this position for a long time.
A couple of lovebirds usually live quite peacefully. If there are no conflicts in the cage, and the birds go about their business, the owner usually does not have a serious reason to determine the sex of their pets. He does this out of pure curiosity, the birds cope with everything else on their own. It is a different matter if the parrots are constantly fighting and do not show the slightest desire to build a nest. In this case, there is reason to believe that lovebirds of the same sex were under the same roof. It is necessary to go to a veterinary clinic and conduct an examination.