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Old 05-16-2017, 12:40 AM
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Default caught my male pied mounting male wf grey pearl.. is this common?

left to right.. male, male, female, female

today was the first time i caught my pied male mounting the male wf grey pearl.. and that grey pearl is like the old guy, bigger too, always pushing everyone else around.. kinda surprised by this behaviour.

is this common? does it happen to you guys alot?

i guess i have to do the light restriction thing to 10hrs a day to lower their hormones.. but just curious.. never happened before after so many months.. although i might have missed it as i will split up the males & females whenever i go out of the house
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:43 AM
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Yep! It's pretty normal among cockatiels. Males will mount males, females will mount females, both will mount everything from bowls to feet. Depends on their hormones and who's willing
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Old 05-16-2017, 12:54 AM
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Yep! It's pretty normal among cockatiels. Males will mount males, females will mount females, both will mount everything from bowls to feet. Depends on their hormones and who's willing
that's a relief..
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i'm pretty sure i got the sex correct.. but just in case, here's a pic of their undertails..
and the pied is less than 1yr old, i think.. the rest are older
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I used to have a male who would do the same thing to another male. You have some beautiful 'tiels!
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:05 AM
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I used to have a male who would do the same thing to another male. You have some beautiful 'tiels!
good to know.. and thx
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If the second "male" is over a year old, it's most likely that he is actually a she. Pearl hens have a lot more yellow/white on their faces than hens with other mutations, and can look a lot like a male as far as face coloring goes. This bird doesn't seem to be pied - those mostly-white feathers under the tail are pearl feathers not pied feathers. But I don't see any sign that "he" is losing any pearls. If the mating behavior keeps up, don't be surprised if "he" lays an egg.
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If the second "male" is over a year old, it's most likely that he is actually a she..
hang on.. you're saying my male WF grey pearl could be a female? the 2nd from the left?

the first on the left is the pied, who's been mounting all 3 of my WF pearls
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Yes, I think the WF grey pearl could be a hen. Pearl hens have less grey on their faces than other mutations, and sometimes people mistake them for a male because of it.

The bird on the far right is a good example of this. You've identified this bird as female, but the face looks like a male!
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Yes, I think the WF grey pearl could be a hen. Pearl hens have less grey on their faces than other mutations, and sometimes people mistake them for a male because of it.

The bird on the far right is a good example of this. You've identified this bird as female, but the face looks like a male!
i thought the barring on the undertail would mean its a female.. and that wf grey has no more barring.. that's why i thought it was a male

well, that explains some stuff that's going on.. hmmm

like why when i only had 3 tiels, there were no issues with mating, until this pied came along

so i have to split them up 1 by 3, instead of 2 by 2 now when i go out of the house

btw, thx for pointing it out

darn it.. first, i got the sex of the 4th one wrong, now the 2nd one too.. i got more observing to do.. sheesh
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