Saturday, November 26, 2011
Q: How To Tell The Gender of a Green Cheek Conure?
A: You may be asking yourself, is my green cheek conure a boy or a girl? There are many ways to tell the gender of a green cheek conure, though as green cheek conure breeders will tell you, DNA sexing is the most reliable way to tell a green cheek conure's sex.
If you want to know how to tell if a green cheek conure is male or female, and don't want to (or can't) pay for green cheek conure gender determination by DNA sexing, here are some signs to tell the gender of your bird.
Is A Green Cheek Conure Male or Female - Look At The Feet!
I haven't seen this information posted elsewhere, so I'll put it out there. I looked at my green cheeked conure's feet one day and wondered why my bird has pink feet, while other identical green cheek conures have grey feet.
I looked up multiple pictures of green cheek conures on google images, and to my surprise - most of the female green cheek conures seemed to have pink feet, and the male green cheek conures more often than not had grey toes! I'm not certain how accurate this method is, but as one who spends way too much time studying birds, this seems to be a reliable way to Tell The Gender of a Green Cheek Conure in combination with other gender clues. An example of baby feet from hatching lies below:
How to Tell if a Green Cheeked Conure is a Boy or Girl by Head Shape
This is another gender determination method for green cheek conures that should be taken with a grain of salt. However some will tell you that the more "soft" or "rounded" the head of the green cheek conure is, the more likely it is to be a female green cheek conure. The more "flat" headed green cheek conures are normally the male green cheek conure. However every green cheek conure is different, and some birds may be exceptions to this male or female gender identification method.
Boy or Girl Green Cheek Conure by Pelvic Examination
Some breeders will do a pelvic examination of a green cheek conure and attempt to find the gender of a green cheek conure before it leaves the shop. Again, this method to determine the gender of a green cheek conure is not always 100% accurate.
However if you wish to find out if your green cheek conure is a boy or girl, take your bird (gently!) in your hand and again gently feel down the breast bone until it the bone formation splits (or not) right before the cloaca (vent) of the bird.
The reasoning is that the hip bones will be wider and rounder in female green cheek conures, who have to pass eggs through their vent. In males, the structure will be closer together, and "sharper."
DNA Sexing Your Green Cheek Conure
As emphasized, the very best way to tell the gender of a green cheek conure is DNA sexing by your veterinarian, either by feather or blood DNA sexing methods. Veteranary surgery is an option for gender identification, but I don't recommend the surgery method to find out a green cheek's gender, as this can put unneeded stress on the bird.
Take these bird gender clues with a grain of salt, but if you notice one or more signs together that your bird is a boy or girl, you can probably start leaning toward calling your green cheek either "Joe" or "Josephina."
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