So our little guy might be a little girl


My partner said, when we got Monkey the second, that it was good we were getting a boy this time because they are far less aggressive than females. I thought that a little odd, considering I keep catching him in the act of attacking various things around the home…

Like this window accessory…


Apparently it is the female that becomes territorial.

Today I found it more than a little odd that Monkey was hovering around the wall of the cage, trying to smoosh her way into the dark corner all the while acting very weird. As my partner and I began to talk about it, the idea that our HE is, in fact, a SHE was looking more and more like it was a reality.

The only way we will know for certain is if we find an egg one day.

What do bird people think?

Is our he really a she?


3 thoughts on “What?

  1. Just looking at the very bold face/cheeks of your bird, I’d say it’s a good chance (s)he’s male! Thing is, without DNA sexing or an actual egg like you said, you can never know for sure, haha. Does (s)he sing, mimic, or talk at all? Also, if you shine a flashlight at the underside of the tail, females and babies before their first moult both have yellow barring, some more subtle than others. I mean, our cockatiel had in-your-face yellow and black barring, but that moulted out and she turned out to be a he (though we pretty much ignored that) with solid grey tail feathers. You need the flashlight to really tell, and the test is best done after the first big, 6-month moult. The barring doesn’t have to be yellow – in the light, it could be ever-so-slightly darker/lighter. The face and cheeks of males tend to be bolder, and the crest and tail a bit longer… Buuuut, that being said, there are definitely cases of females who look like males, and vice versa.

    Another big give-away is singing – as mentioned – or chirping with wings held away from the body in a heart shape, sometimes with a few hops added in. That kind of behaviour might not happen for awhile, though… It took Mishka, our ‘tiel, about a year, I think.

    Female or not, your new feathered one is very cute! I’d say it’s a myth about only females being territorial; any hormonal parrot can be, unfortunately. The biggest advantage happens to be the lack of egg-laying, which can turn into a chronic thing in some birds. Only males for me, haha!

    Anyway, good luck!

    1. He does sing and mimic a lot! Sometimes all day, with lots if head bobs and “dancing.” Is that something a male does?

      He’s staring at me right now. Must know I’m talking about him.

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