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Old 11-17-2012, 01:37 PM
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At some point down the road I would love to get another Amazon in my life. I read that with males they are more aggressive and with females one has to worry about egg binding. I noticed at the two bird rescues that are within 3 hours driving that they only have males. Is there a reason why more males are available?


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Re: Male or Female

I chose a female Zon, as I were told they are not so aggressive around sexual maturity! but I have only the breeders say so that she is a female! I am going to get her DNA tested as I swear she is a Male LOL

I am told that there is only a slight difference between the 2 Sexes, but I also think it depends on the individual Bird.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:17 PM
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Re: Male or Female

My mexican red headed Zons the male is much more aggressive than the female. My blue front Zons the Female is the more aggressive one. Both pairs were taken in as rescues from breeding situations. In each case I can handle the non aggressive one and will get attacked from the aggressive one.
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Re: Male or Female

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I chose a female Zon, as I were told they are not so aggressive around sexual maturity! but I have only the breeders say so that she is a female! I am going to get her DNA tested as I swear she is a Male LOL

I am told that there is only a slight difference between the 2 Sexes, but I also think it depends on the individual Bird.
No kidding, Wendy! I am horrible at "guessing" sexes, but I just looked at the pictures you posted of Codie, and I "think" she's a girl. How does she perch? Are her feet always pretty close together, or does she spread them apart a bit?

From my understanding with Amazons, the males tend to be more aggressive during breeding season than the females. Of course I currently only have one sexually mature Amazon (Hunter), and she's NEVER had a mean bone in her body. I am very lucky!

When I still had Quincy, a male DYH, he "could" be a little stand-off-ish at times, but never downright aggressive.
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I chose a female Zon, as I were told they are not so aggressive around sexual maturity! but I have only the breeders say so that she is a female! I am going to get her DNA tested as I swear she is a Male LOL

I am told that there is only a slight difference between the 2 Sexes, but I also think it depends on the individual Bird.
No kidding, Wendy! I am horrible at "guessing" sexes, but I just looked at the pictures you posted of Codie, and I "think" she's a girl. How does she perch? Are her feet always pretty close together, or does she spread them apart a bit?


From my understanding with Amazons, the males tend to be more aggressive during breeding season than the females. Of course I currently only have one sexually mature Amazon (Hunter), and she's NEVER had a mean bone in her body. I am very lucky!

When I still had Quincy, a male DYH, he "could" be a little stand-off-ish at times, but never downright aggressive.

Her feet are usually spread apart a little bit!!

I have to get her DNA tested very soon, just to satisfy my own curiosity
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Re: Male or Female

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Her feet are usually spread apart a little bit!!

I have to get her DNA tested very soon, just to satisfy my own curiosity
Hunter also perches or stands with her feet slightly apart, while Sam has them very close under his body, close together. Codie is not even my pretty bird, and now I'm VERY curious to find out her gender, lol.
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Her feet are usually spread apart a little bit!!

I have to get her DNA tested very soon, just to satisfy my own curiosity
Hunter also perches or stands with her feet slightly apart, while Sam has them very close under his body, close together. Codie is not even my pretty bird, and now I'm VERY curious to find out her gender, lol.

LOL.. I have to get it done now.. I just have to know I am going to take her to the Vet to get it done, as I cannot even contemplate pulling a few of her Feathers out. That would really upset me to think I may have hurt her by doing it
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Re: Male or Female

Well, i wrote a long post explaining why males in up in rescues. Of course i lost that. Males are the way they are because that's what needed of them to survive in nature. The issue is that zons need a confident owner and when males go though their breeding season aggression many owners are intimidated and the parrot assumes the dominate role. This leads to more males in rescue than females IMO. A well socialized male could be every bit as good a pet but needs a strong owner. If you where a zon savy person then raising a male zon would not be an issue. However, your chances( as a human ) for a cuddly bird improve with a hen. The egg binding issue is easily cured with zons. They only lay if many conditions are met, is fairly easy to make conditions wrong. IMO there's no reason your hen zon should ever have issues with egg laying. The long and short of it??? i'd get a hen if you had a choice, but there's nothing like the outgoing personality( and utter devotion) of a male if you can handle it.
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