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Anonymous - 2013-01-31
We really love our cockatiels. My male does the woody woodpecker laugh, so we named him woody.

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ananya roy - 2013-01-24
My kiki(lutino cockatiel) sings,squares her shoulders,walks a few steps and then gives a small jump. I was told that she is a 'she'. Now,how can i be sure that what is kiki- a 'he' or a 'she'? (other than dna testing,this technique is very rare and costly and not popular in india,especially where i live). Kiki does most the singing,dancing etc. 'she'? Is very vocal while jiko(grey cockatiel) ,a 'he' is less vocal and is tired of kiki's constant singing and following around. How can i be sure about their sex? Thanks

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-26
    Unfortunately there is no sure way to tell if they are female or male. In older adult cockatiels there are often barred markings underneath the tail feathers. These can be quite light colored though and hard to distinguish between a male and female. Also, if you provide a nesting box, the female will often build a nest there and that is good way to tell which one is female!
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Valerie Webb - 2013-01-22
I just bought a white faced cockatiel for breeding. I am not sure if it's a male or female. How can I tell without doing a DNA test? I heard about markings under the wing? Thank-you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-22
    I can't tell you for sure how to tell if it is a female or male. There are many different variations of White-faced Cockatiels and depending on which variation you have you may or may not be able to tell it's sex. In general, females usually have heads that are more gray and males have heads which are more white. Females will also often have barred markings below their tail feathers. But, this is not always the case and the only sure way to tell is to get a DNA test. You could also get another cockatiel you believe is the opposite sex and see if they pair up!

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mario - 2007-11-15
Hi, I just put a down payment on a Lutino Cockatiel. I don't have him or her at home yet because it is still a baby and is being hand fed. He or she is so sweet, and funny too. I am excited and can't wait until he or she is home with me.

PS: I say he or she because I don't know its gender yet.
Mario

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  • robbie - 2011-09-24
    not easy to sex. but look under wings, if it has yellow spots its a hen.
  • starlasmith - 2013-01-07
    hi,ive looked undermy lutinos wings and i see bright yellow and white feathers no yellow or white spots just solid colored feathers my 3 year old granddaughter is really wanting to name it luna but,what if hes a guy i dont want to confuse him,lol soo its important to me any suggestions?
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Birdie - 2005-10-08
hi, i have a lutino cockatiel named sunny and i got it january 21st 2005. sunny is tame and loves me and my family. the funny thing is that i thought that it was a he until i read this page and realized that he was a she. this same thing happened with my old budgie that flew away last year. i love sunny and she loves me.

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  • starlasmith - 2013-01-07
    how in the world can you tell without DNA test if your lutino is a male or a female ?
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andrew - 2012-10-15
I have 2 cockatiels a pied female and a male grey and I love them so much. They are cute and everything but the thing is my pied is not tamed but the male is. And they are beginnig to be friends because I bought the male 3 months ago and now they are getting used to each other . They wont have babies because they have to get used to each other and like each other, which means I can't wait.

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virginia - 2012-08-29
I just got my baby she is a beautiful grey the most sweetest thing. I really love looking at her and making her sing. . . . My son also thinks she is so much fun. . . . . Her name is Chichi. . . . . So glad she is apart of my family. . . . . . .

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Cindy - 2012-08-27
Tomorrow I'm adopting what sounds like a white-headed c'tiel from someone who can't give him enough attention. This bird flew right to her feet about 2 mos. ago and she thought she could handle it but can't and she never had a bird before. I have had for 12 yrs a female grey who is verylovey and friendly. I intend to separate them in different rooms until I have male checked out. I already know he prefers to be in cage while she likes to wander and fly around, clipped. I don't know age of male. How jealous can my female get if at all but am very afraid of his influence on her laying eggs, don't want her to lay eggs (unfertilized). I intend to keep him in my bedroom until we get to know each other, etc. What do you think of bringing a male into a home where 12-yr old female has ruled roost?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-27
    I think what you are doing is very sensible.  I also think you can have more than one bird companion.  A grey and a coaktiel are very different and yes - they should have their own cages, perches and play areas.  If the grey decides for wahtever reason she wants to lay an egg - she will do it.  I have had males and females together for years and not one female ever laid an egg - just to do it.  However, it does happen. My birds all have their own areas/toys./perches etc but my little boy conure gets into my female macaws cage constantly and no eggs.  A grey usually will climb on down the cage and come to you via walking.  A cockatiel - he will come to you but usually by flying.  There can be a danger in clipping their wings or clipping them short and they land hard and break something.  I would wait and see about the clipping. 
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Ruth - 2012-08-12
We have a white face cockatiel, it is only very young. When can you tell if it is a boy or a girl

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-13
    I have no idea how you can tell the gals from the boys without DNA sexing.  However, they do breed very young and if it lays an egg - it is a gal.  They will usually lay 5 eggs - one every other day.  If you get 8 - 10 eggs - you have two females.  Sexual differences - there are some that will give you a best guess but just no accurate way to determine sex on these fellas without DNA.  If you are real concerned you can purchase a DNA sexing kit in the back of the Bird Talk magazine in the classifieds.
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Anastasia - 2012-08-12
My cockatiel is 3 months old, I was told he's a male. After a week of having him, I noticed that his tail feathers are becoming a little pink. Is that normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    I don't know what type of cockatiel you have but they do not achieve their full coloring until after their first major molt.  Your little guy is probably losing his baby coloring and going into his adult coloring and that is quite normal.
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