Hi so i know that with conures typically if it has grey feet it's a male but if it's got pink it's female. I was wondering if this is the same case for cockatiels as I plan to get one but I'd rather get a girl. Your opinion would be appreciated
Yea I've never heard of that before in any bird. In tiels, hens tend to have barring under the tail but all babies have this so it only works for an older bird. Certain mutations are sex-linked, so if you know the parents mutations you can pick a girl out that way.
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What you're referring to is a very old myth about sexing budgies (English and American/wild Parakeets) that is sometimes true but in my experience with breeding budgies for over 20 years, this is true less than 50% of the time. Some people insist that if a baby budgie has dark gray or purple skin on its legs and feet it's male, and if it's bright pink or tan it's female. It's just not necessarily true, just as a pink cere in a baby budgie can be either a male or female. So you can't use this method in sexing budgies either, but I've never heard of even trying to use it with any other species of birds, certainly not conures or cockatiels.
sexing cockatiels visually is difficult because color mutations can give extremely conflicting signs. i have a pearl pied (which are usually girls) with barring on her tail that faded (which is a sign of being male) and bright orange cheeks (also a sign of being a male) and she was very vocal towards us, such as calling us when we left the room etc, but wouldn't sing or talk very much at all (male, female signs). first vet swore she was a boy because of the cheeks and the barring on her tail fading, second vet said she was a girl because she was a pearl pied.
the third vet said if she hadn't been sexed with a blood test, she would have thought it was a boy because of her cheeks and general attitude.
male cockatiels can also be born with pearl pied colourings but after a few big molts they'll become normal greys. the two best vets i've been too though have told me pearl pieds are usually girls, so i guess that would be a good rule of thumb. it's generally just really hard to tell the gender of a bird just by looking at it when they're young without a blood test.
Cheek spot color can be deceptive. The second brightest cheek spot in my flock belongs to a lutino hen (Mims), who has proved her gender by laying eggs.
The majority of pearl cockatiels are female, so naturally the majority of pearl pieds will be female too. But there are plenty of pearl pied boys out there, so you can't have too much confidence in this indicator.
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Pied mutation often keeps males from losing their pearls. It also allows female birds to have extremely bright cheek spots. Basically if your bird is Pied all of the typical gender tells are gone unless you know the mutations of the parents and can tell by a sex linked mutation that you know had to come from the father.
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