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Old 02-11-2014, 11:13 PM
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Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

I'm picking up one of these Kakarikis in a couple of days when weather is cooler.

I like the big green red fronted one and that is the one I will probably get, but I also like the green yellow fronted one, I would prefer a male. The shop owner says both are females.

The red fronted one is a lot more solid and larger than the yellow fronted one and they are all apparently from the same clutch/nest
Also the bigger red fronted one is quieter and less active than the yellow fronted which was jumping all over the place.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:30 PM
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Re: Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

I like the biggest red fronted one best. How do they know for sure they're all females? Are they DNA'd?
The red fronted type remind me of a "mini-me" of a Red Fronted Macaw!
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Re: Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

Quote: Originally Posted by RavensGryf View Post
I like the biggest red fronted one best. How do they know for sure they're all females? Are they DNA'd?
The red fronted type remind me of a "mini-me" of a Red Fronted Macaw!
Yes I've left a deposit and it will probably be the big red fronted one
She said sexing is determined by the beak. I would have thought that the larger bird was the male.
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Re: Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

Having searched on the internet I think the big red fronted one is a male.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:25 AM
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Re: Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

Big red front is a male, I'm 90% sure.. Id need clearer photos.

Actually, males tend to be VERY emotional and moody, which i actually love and find hilarious! Females have a sweet side to them and are generally very often after a good kissy session or cuddle - males in general hate cuddling.

Red fronteds are a tad less active, but they like to fly. Reds are also just a bigger species of Kakariki. Yellow crowneds are just smaller in size, but in no way does that mean less healthy/hardy. Yellow crowneds are mostly ground birds so they tend to be more into everything.. But personally i prefer the yellow crowned.

Yellow crowned also looks very much like a male. You tell by its head shape and beak, and also the body build. Easy as pie for those of us who know precisely what to look for ^^ I also prefer YCs partly because their numbers are rapidly diminishing in the wild and also in captivity here in Australia as many people breed the different species together thinking its just colour mutations not separate species, and get unpure hybrid offspring. I'm VERY BIG on keeping the Kakariki species pure.

Congratulations by the way! No matter who you get it'll be very fun! Watch out, they are SUPER fast and expert runners, acrobats etc so watch where you step! And very smart.. If they want your cookie, they WILL find a way to get it haha.

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Re: Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

Thanks for that long and informative reply Kinny

I bought the large red crowned one, the girl in the shop said it's a girl but I think she is wrong, I also think it 's a boy, I've attached some close up photos of him, he is not very friendly like my Cockateil was but at least he isn't as noisy.
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Re: Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

No worries ^^

From the shape of its head in those newer photos it actually does look more like a female. But if it is female she has a wider/larger beak than usual... Very cute!
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Re: Is this Kakariki Male or Female????

Will she/he eventually sit on my shoulder like my cockatiel used to or are Kakarikis a different less affectionate bird which cannot be tamed to the extent that Tiels are?
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