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Old 02-25-2017, 08:34 AM
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Lovebird gender

Hello there!When I bought my lovebird from the pet store the lady that gave me the lovebird told me that the lovebird is a male.I searched on the internet and I think that my lovebird is a female .Can you help me please?I want to know the gender of my lovebird and I want to buy her a pair,but I don't know what to do..
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Old 02-25-2017, 08:52 AM
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Re: Lovebird gender

You really cannot accurately tell the sex of a Lovebird by looking at the bird. The least expensive way is to do a home DNA test. I did this with a bird and it was fairly easy. The lab I used is called Animal Genetics and they have a high accuracy rate. Feathers are plucked and sent away to the lab. The cost was $24. and the kit was free. My vet charges $50.
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Re: Lovebird gender

It's complicated in my town to do a dna test.And for the vet , here the charges are more expensive ,I'll see what I can do .Thanks!
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Re: Lovebird gender

You can normally tell behaviorally in an adult. Does the female shred and stuff their tail feathers? Does it hunker down and quiver or stand upright and repetitively chirp at it's toys? Honestly, unless you are planning on breeding your black masked lovebird, it doesn't matter because even 2 of the same sex could get along or not.
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Re: Lovebird gender

The only way to tell is by a DNA test, the minute you base your guess on their actions or vocal abilities you'll be wrong. But you can easily have a DNA test done from a lot of places online. Just Google search "PARROT DNA KIT" and a bunch of places will pop up. You order the kit for around $20-$30 and they'll send it to you, you can get one that uses a few feathers (easiest) or one where you clip a toenail and drop a blood drop on a card. They come with detailed instructions. Then you just mail it in and you'll have the results in a couple of weeks. This is the only way to really know, it's cheap, quick, easy, and 100% correct. That way you're not buying the wrong sex bird because you're basing a guess on what the bird "acts like" or "sounds like"; that just isn't a good way of doing it.

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Re: Lovebird gender

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It's complicated in my town to do a dna test.And for the vet , here the charges are more expensive ,I'll see what I can do .Thanks!

What do you mean?
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Re: Lovebird gender

It is very hard to tell without a dna test. With behavior, the hens tend to bite harder and their grip is stronger (as well as the shredding, though some boys do that too to mimic the girls). I can usually pick it by seeing them walk - the boys tend to prance as they run along, and the girls tend to waddle.

I have tried testing by feeling the pelvis bone (with the boys it is closer together) but it is hard to do unless you have a verfied hen to compare it to, and it isnt 100% anyway, as one blue masked that both I and a breeder were certain was a boy (Oscar) I'm pretty sure is a girl, and one that we thought was likely to be a boy (Felix) has laid eggs.

Some color variations are gender specific but yours looks to be the original.

As a complete guess, I'd have said yours was a boy because of his stance. But my stats for guesses arent much better than 50/50. But you shouldnt just buy another lovebird and put them together, you should sit them in cages next to each other for a while - at least a day or two. If they are two females, they'd tend to fight. My cinnimino (sp?) hen went through about 8 possible mates before she settled on her man.
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