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Old 08-29-2018, 08:56 PM
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Old 08-30-2018, 09:42 AM
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You don’t need to google it - I can tell you. Males have bright blue feathers under their wings and females do not. Not quite as dramatic as the difference in a male and female ekkie, but pretty straightforward.

Some people believe that blue around their eyes or on their rump also indicates male, but that’s not true. Only under their wings.


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Oh no, I believed you, I was Googling just so that I could read-up on what the differences were...I saw the photos and had no idea that the males had blue feathers under their wings...I read through a few really interesting behavioral posts written about Parrotlets as well, I didn't know any of the things that I read about them yesterday.

And Parrotlets seem very easy to sex visually when compared to American and English Budgies and their cluster of rules, lol...
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:28 PM
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Oh no, I believed you, I was Googling just so that I could read-up on what the differences were...I saw the photos and had no idea that the males had blue feathers under their wings...I read through a few really interesting behavioral posts written about Parrotlets as well, I didn't know any of the things that I read about them yesterday.

And Parrotlets seem very easy to sex visually when compared to American and English Budgies and their cluster of rules, lol...
They are pretty easy, although with some of the mutations it can get a little murky. Sometimes I look at the pics people post and think, "You see blue there?" but it could be the picture itself making it more complicated. What else did you learn about the little monsters?
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I read an article online about Parrotlets and how they have their own version of what we'd call the "Bluffing" phase, which I'm not a huge believer in to begin with, but after reading this article solely on Parrotlets, I was more convinced than I had been prior to reading it that some sort of "Bluffing" phase does actually occur on a regular basis...But the really interesting stuff that I read had to do with Parrotlets exhibiting extreme hormonal behaviors, as well as just your average "pushing the boundaries" behaviors in a much more severe way than other birds, and how they think that this has to do with their size and the fact that though they are the smallest parrot, they make up for it in the extreme ways that they exhibit normal parrot behaviors...I've not ever owned a Parrotlet, bred Parrotlets, or even known anyone who has had one, nor have I even interacted with one I don't believe, not that I remember. But everything that I've ever read about them, and every forum post that I've read that was posted by someone who owned them has strongly suggested that they are ONLY small in their physical size and that's it, lol...

Ironically, a couple of days after I initially posted in this thread, I had to go back to a large pet/farm store that is about 30 miles away from me for a re-check of their parrot/dove room...This is a massive store who breeds all of their live animals either in-house, or one of their employees breeds them at their homes, or they buy them as just-weaned babies from only local breeders, and then they also sell animals on-consignment, and also sell animals like rabbits, ferrets, chickens, ducks, and other game birds and poultry birds and chicks for local rescues, shelters, farmers, breeders, etc. They sell everything from parrots to reptiles/amphibians to rodents to chickens and ducks to having a massive freshwater and saltwater aquarium section. Half the store is like a Tractor Supply store, the other a massive pet shop...it's both good and bad, and a few months ago the Avian/Reptile Rescue that I work for ended-up having them served with citations due to the condition of their "Bird Room". Every cage had a few inches of empty seed shells and droppings in them, they had 50 young Budgies in a cage that I wouldn't house more than 5 in, they all had either dirty water or no water, same with the food, and they were feeding their Doves parrot food that the Doves are incapable of even eating...So they had a time limit to clean it up and get it together...

Anyway, I went back down to do the check, and apparently they had cleaned the cages and gotten it together based on the first check that another person did about a month ago, but apparently that was all they did because the place was right back to being filthy and unfit for the birds...They always have a huge number of different species of Finches and Canaries, tons of them (beautiful and rare Finch species), then around 50 American Budgies, and then they have Ringneck and Diamond Doves, Green Cheek Conures, Cockatiels, and this time they also had some just-weaned Indian Ringnecks and 6 baby Parrotlets...I was told by an employee (who didn't know I was from the Rescue and thought I was just a customer asking questions) that this is the first time they've bred a clutch of IRN's or of Parrotlets, and that they're "Really going to branch-out and expand their bird department in the next year or so"...I don't think so, lol...The 6 Parrotlets that they had were beautiful, and I got to spend some time with them back at the Rescue once they were seized over the next two days. They are very sweet little birds, they only just weaned 2 weeks ago according to the employee...So we'll see how long i get to hang-out with them and get to know them. i always love it when we get a species of bird/parrot that I've not ever interacted with before and that I really know nothing about.

Hopefully these baby birds don't have to go back to the pet store, hopefully we get to adopt them out through our process, but that's up to a judge. In the meantime, I get to do their medical-intakes this afternoon, which hopefully will be uneventful since I don't think any of their birds are older than 3 months. Though I was notified by the manager of the Rescue that she thinks that she sees feather mites on all of the Budgies, which means that all the birds have them, I'm sure, so that will be loads of fun....
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