How to know the sex of a parrot


Sexual dimorphism it is not a rule that can be applied to all species of parrots, since most of them do not observe at first sight the differences between males and females, being only possible to distinguish them through an analysis or an expert sexador.

Only in some species of parrots and parakeets are the differences in appearance between males and females palpable.

If you continue reading this article from Animal Expert, we will show you some species with clear differences between male and female parrot.

In some nymphs yes there is sexual dimorphism. Specifically in the ancestral (blusher), pearls and carablanca.

The difference between males and females is that the females under the tail have dark spots in the form of stripes, while the males have this area with the uniform color.

    In the ancestral nymphs There are also facial differences between females and males. Females have softer yellow and facial blusher. Males show more intense>

In the ecletus species the difference between male and female is radical. The males are a very intense green color, and the beak of this parrot is a yellowish orange hue. The females wear a beautiful combination of red and blue colors. Its beak is black.


Among the parakeets sexual dimorphism is seen in the waxy. He waxy is the nose, that is, the fleshy area from where the bird's beak leaves.

The waxy of the common males is dark blue. If the male is ino, its waxy is pink or lilac. The females' waxy is light blue, turning brown when entering heat. Young parakeets, both male and female, have a waxy white.

Among the Australian parakeets there is the species: splendid parakeet which does have a clear sign of sexual dimorphism, since females lack the scarlet stripe that males wear on their chest.

Kramer parrots

There are two species of kramer parrots: the collar parrot or the Alexandrian parrot. In both sexual dimorphism is clear since the male shows a kind of characteristic black necklace and the female no.

This species is known for needing daily manipulation and a constant enrichment of its environment and activities, otherwise they can suffer serious stress. They can come to understand up to 250 different words, perhaps for that reason the lack of stimulation is so harmful for this species.

White-fronted parrot

The white-fronted parrot or parrot has an area on its wings where it shows differences between males and females. This alar zone is called alula, and is located in the front part of the wing where the bone joint is located.

The male of the white-fronted parrot is distinguished from its female because it has bright red feathers in the classroom that the female does not have, or they hardly imply.

Australian parrots

In Australia there is a great variety of parrots, which are more precious. In some species the differences between males and females are clear. Here are some species with patent sexual dimorphism.

  • Superb parrot: In this species the female lacks the red and yellow colors on the face and throat that the male sports.
  • Australian Royal Parrot: The females have a green face, head and throat, while in males these areas are red. Up to three years of age, young specimens do not acquire their final colors.

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Alternative Differentiation Methods

The majority of parrot species do not have sexual dimorphism, unlike those we have shown above. Differentiating them can be complicated if we are not accustomed to the specific species, so many people they turn to amateurs to respond to the sex of your bird.

Through palpation We can identify the male by developing a lump in the pelvic area while the females have the flattened area. Another of the most common tests is that of DNA, however it is expensive.

The laying of eggs clearly reveals that the bird is female and finally we recommend that don't let yourself be guided by character since it can be very variable.

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Secondary Sex Characters

The secondary sexual characters are attributes that have no direct relationship with the reproductive system, but they are different in males and females. They develop at puberty and are more evident in adulthood. An example in humans is the voice. Although it has no direct relationship with the reproductive organ, men tend to have the most serious voice and women the most acute. There are exceptions, but still you can usually tell if a man or a woman is speaking.

The same happens in animals. Not with the voice, but with other features, such as the size or color of the plumage. In the case of parrots, males tend to be larger, more colorful and usually have a longer head. In addition, females are more aggressive than males. In many species of parrots, both male and female reach sexual maturity between one year and two years.

From then on, almost all females begin to lay eggs, but not all. So if your parrot lays an egg, it is lora but if it does not put it, you still have the doubt (necessary but not sufficient condition). The identification of secondary sexual characters is a way of distinguishing sex, but often it is not exclusive, so other methods must be used.

Pubic palpation

Pubic palpation is one of the most used methods, since it can be used in young animals, and is cheaper than taking it to the veterinarian. However, it is not 100% conclusive. To perform a pubic palpation, the parrot should be taken carefully, placed face down and palpated, without pressing much, the pelvic bones, just above the anus.

If you are female, you should be able to appreciate a separation between the bones of the pubis that can measure more than half a centimeter. This hole is where the egg will pass, so if you don't have it, it may be male. However, that you do not notice it does not mean that you do not have it, so, although this method is more reliable than secondary sexual characteristics, it is not infallible either.


The methods that the veterinarian can use are three: a study of the animal's DNA, an endoscopy and a hormonal analysis. These methods are infallible, but require the use of a specialist and financial outlay.

The study of DNA can be done through blood samples or even feathers, and basically consists of analyzing the genes of the sample looking for the genes that condition sex, which are different in males and females. This method can also identify genetic diseases or the pedigree of the parrot (if you have a DNA sample from the parents).

Endoscopy is to introduce a camera inside the animal that allows you to see its reproductive organs. This process requires sedation of the animal, but it determines gender definitively. The third process is a hormonal analysis through a blood sample. Hormones are present in different amounts in males and females, so this is also a highly determining factor.

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In today's post I will explain how to find out if a parrot is male or female.

As a general rule, we bought the parrot without knowing if it is male or female, or sometimes we even bought it and we were wrongly diagnosed because it was still very small and palpation was not very successful.

If the parrot is an adult, That thing is very simple. Male parrots are larger than female parrots. The males also have a longer head and the colors are more colorful.

As for the character, A male parrot is much less aggressive than a female parrot.

But all this is not valid for all parrots because for example the Gray Parrot is gray and red and we will not differentiate much the difference in colors between the male and the female.

But if our parrot is not yet an adult, we must resort to pubic palpation. We just have to take the parrot carefully. It is necessary to place the parrot upside down and to touch the bones of the pelvis. Female parrots are those that touch a pubic bone separation of a little more than half a centimeter.

The methods are never 100% reliable, much less if we are not understood. Who better can assure us if our parrot is male or female will always be a veterinarian specializing in exotic animals. The veterinarian, if he cannot determine whether he is male or female with physical examination, he can always resort to a DNA study either through blood sample or through feather sample.

As you can see, it is not so easy to know if the parrot is male or female because the sexual organs are not external.

As an orientation I can tell you that in many species of parrots, from the year on and before they reach 2 years of age, both male and female reach sexual maturity. Since then, almost all females begin to lay eggs that if they do not have a male nearby, the females will not be fertilized before laying the eggs and therefore no offspring will be born.

The best thing to know if it is male or female is palpation, always doing it carefully, just above the anus, and if pressing too hard. If you do not see yourself capable or are not capable, a veterinarian will always get you out of doubt but as a rule you should always go to A veterinarian specializing in exotic animals.