On 5/05/07, BIRD LOVER wrote:
> On 5/05/07, peggy mackay wrote:
>> I have a male and female pearl cockateils. I am wondering
>> if there is any way to establish age of these birds as
>> they were adult birds when we got them.
> to my knowledge I have heard if the stripes under the tail
> run horizonal (down the tail) its a male.
> if the stripes run vertical (across the tail) its a female.
> I have had both male/female cockatiels and found this to be
If they truly are adult pearls, they are both female since
males lose the pearl coloring when they mature - usually by 2
years the pearls will have molted out and they would look like
normal grays. The females retain the pearl markings.