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Re: Sexing society finch

Posted by Kitty.J on 11/14/05
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    On 11/14/05, Michael L wrote:
    > On 11/14/05, Jon wrote:
    >> How exactly can you sex a society finch? i try to listen but
    >> both make same twittering sounds.
    >
    >
    > Jon,
    > If both birds are making the same "twittering" sound then
    > possibly they are the same gender.
    > Society males have a distinct "song" or sound whereas the
    > hens do not. They tend to cheep.
    > One almost surefire way to see if they are different or same
    > gender is to remove one from the cage and put it in another
    > cage. Take "it" from the room where the other one is,
    > keeping it out of sight and sound for several hours or a day.
    > Return the bird to the other bird and if one, or both, are
    > males, he will usually start to sing within minutes when he
    > sees the other one.
    > Another thing to know is that if both are males, sometimes
    > the more submissive male will not sing in front of the more
    > domimant male and will take on the characteristics of the
    > hen. When they are separated, the more submissive male will
    > also sing when out of sight of the other more donimant male.
    >
    > Michael L

    Yes,
    Michael gave you good info. Also if you put in a mirror, that
    will help both males sing when they see the beauty in the
    mirror. I have a mirror in with my society finches during the
    winter ( I house them in a large flight cage in winter months)
    and well the males always seem to love themselves, even the
    weaker males will sing.