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Old 06-17-2010, 09:04 PM
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Pelvic Bones.

I read somewhere that you can sex a conure by feeling their pelvic bones. Laying them on their back, if the bones are close together its male, if they are far apart its female.

Is this true????? has anyone else heard or tried this?
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

Wow thats very interesting I never knew that. I just pulled out my books and found a small section in one that says this is true and that it is possible with other parrot species too. The difference in pelvic bones often leads to the females having a broader stance on the perch than the males.

I was also reading around on the net. Apparently it is not always accurate and you have to be super well trained to be able to tell.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:41 PM
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

Hm I didnt know that about the stance on a perch...Im going to look into it a bit more. Although Im sure even if it is completely true it would be hard for an un-trained person to be able to tell :P Interesting

It would be nice however to know without having to DNA sex. The conure I'm adopting isnt DNA sexed and for some odd reason I have a hard time not knowing whether its a boy or a girl. Not that it matters, either way I will love it with all my heart. Would be nice to know though
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

unfortunately GCC's are hard to sex visually, but yes I'm sure you will love her/him just as much either way.

It was several years until I found out Buddy was a girl (hence the boys name). I was told she was a boy when I picked her up, but when an egg made its first appearance... I had my doubts Never stopped loving her though
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

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It was several years until I found out Buddy was a girl (hence the boys name). I was told she was a boy when I picked her up, but when an egg made its first appearance... I had my doubts Never stopped loving her though
Wierd! Buddy still looks so much like a boy. As rare as it is, maybe this happened?
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

What? lol thats amazing.

However I do happen to think the breeder i picked buddy up from was just mistaken. He said he was 'pretty certain' due to the colours and feather structure behind the crest that it was a boy - I believed him I cant remember exactly (it was nearly 8 years ago), but I think he said in lutino tiels the bald patch behind their crest differers in someway between sexes. I know he mentioned that the bald patch was a characteristic of lutino tiels, but I'm sure there was something else to it.
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

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Wierd! Buddy still looks so much like a boy. As rare as it is, maybe this happened?
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That is unbelievable!!!
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

As a retired breeder of 15 yrs it takes an experienced hand to sex via pelvic bones. Palpating is no guarantee but can be helpful. Pelvic bones of a male are close, sharp and pointy. Females are more pliable, soft and more rounded with a bit more distance inbetween. It must be noted that this should be done very carefully because you can cause damage to organs underneath.
As far as distance of legs when bird is perched this is no guarantee. Some birds just stand certain ways. However it should be noted that lovebirds are pretty easy to sex using this method.
I highly recommend DNA sexing as the way to go.
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Re: Pelvic Bones.

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As far as distance of legs when bird is perched this is no guarantee.
I'd imagine it would be difficult, especially when birds seem to stand in different ways all the time. The specific example of this method in the book I have were caiques. So not sure if it works well on them as well or they were just illustrating a point.
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I read somewhere that you can sex a conure by feeling their pelvic bones.
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