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alexandrine gender

Hi all parrot experts,

I know all the parrot owner out there are experienced and expert. I've 9 months old Alex. I really eagle to find out his gender. Please see the attached photos and give your opinions on his gender.any comments are welcome.

Many thanks in advance.

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Old 12-01-2013, 12:25 PM
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Re: alexandrine gender

Hi and welcome,
I have a friend who breeds Alexes and she always has the babies DNA'd, so I'm not sure if you can tell visually.
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Re: alexandrine gender

The only way you can tell the gender for sure without DNA is to wait for about three years until they become sexually mature. By that time, the males will have moulted and grown the characteristic black ring round their necks and the females won't.

Some people say the males have a slightly differently shaped head, but you'd need to be very experienced with the birds to see the difference. I have a DNA sexed pair (or so I was told by the previous owner) and the only difference I can see is that the female is generally smaller than the male in every respect. His bill is much more massive in comparison to hers, for example. Oh, and she rules the roost, not him!
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Re: alexandrine gender

Hi betrisher,

Thank you for the tips.
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Re: alexandrine gender

Also males tend to do a funny mating dance where they put their head low down and bounce around. And male birds will try feed you when they get excited (when it looks like they are choking or about to puke).
This is because while the mother stays back in the nest, the male is out getting food and they regurgitate it to the baby
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Re: alexandrine gender

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Also males tend to do a funny mating dance where they put their head low down and bounce around. And male birds will try feed you when they get excited (when it looks like they are choking or about to puke).
This is because while the mother stays back in the nest, the male is out getting food and they regurgitate it to the baby
Do only males do the feeding thing? I think tango is a female (no ring and about 2 years old) and she does that
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Re: alexandrine gender

I thought it took 3 years for the ring to come in DARK, or is that just in ringnecks? Because in ringnecks, doesn't the ring come in at about a year, but its faint, and then gets gradually darker, and takes up to 3 years to get nice and dark?
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Re: alexandrine gender

Tango has no ring at all and the lil' featherhead is just about exactly 2 years old. I think it's a pretty safe bet Tango is a girl, though I have no conclusive proof. Don't really care either way, Tango is a great little friend and that's all I care about.
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Re: alexandrine gender

Quote: Originally Posted by BradGC View Post
Also males tend to do a funny mating dance where they put their head low down and bounce around. And male birds will try feed you when they get excited (when it looks like they are choking or about to puke).
This is because while the mother stays back in the nest, the male is out getting food and they regurgitate it to the baby


My buddy did exactly what you described hopefully is a male

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Re: alexandrine gender

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Also males tend to do a funny mating dance where they put their head low down and bounce around. And male birds will try feed you when they get excited (when it looks like they are choking or about to puke).
This is because while the mother stays back in the nest, the male is out getting food and they regurgitate it to the baby
Do only males do the feeding thing? I think tango is a female (no ring and about 2 years old) and she does that
Dunno if someone answered already but Nimbus is female and she does that.
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