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Re: age of cockateils

Posted by Jo-Ann on 5/05/07
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    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
    > true.


    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.