Re: Sexing society finch
Posted by Kitty.J on 11/14/05
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.
> 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
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.