Breeding parrots of different breeds is a hobby that is not as common as breeding cats and dogs, but, nevertheless, there are a lot of parrot owners, and often beginners are faced with the problem of recognizing the sex of their pets. This problem can become a serious obstacle for the further reproduction of parrots and for the production of offspring. While in some species of parrots it is easy to determine the sex, knowing the differences between females and males, then for other breeds it is not easy to find out if a boy or a girl lives with you in the house.
In the light cockatoo breed, it is quite easy to determine the gender - for this you need to pay attention to the color of the iris of the parrot's eye. In the male, the iris is very dark, while in the females it is light brown.
If you breed macaws, gray-tailed parrots or red-tailed parrots, pay attention to the size of the bird's head - the males of these breeds have a powerful and wide beak and a large head. However, sometimes the females of these parrots are practically indistinguishable from the males, which makes sex determination almost impossible.
If it is not possible to determine the sex due to the young age of the parrots, wait until they grow up - as they grow older, the sexual characteristics of birds appear more strongly. Females of Australian parrots have a wider pelvis, unlike males, and in a sitting position they spread their legs wider.
In addition, females are often more aggressive than males, and if a parrot bites you, it may be a female. In the case of budgies, to determine the sex, pay attention to the color of the wax - the area of skin above the beak.
Also, if there is such an opportunity, you can order from specialists to determine the sex of a parrot based on a tissue sample from the core of a young feather. Also, veterinarians can carry out, at the request of the owner of the parrot, hormonal research or endoscopy to accurately identify the sex of the bird.