On 1/27/05, Cheryl wrote:
> I have a Red bellied Parrot that is near 10 months old.
> S/he has lots of orange coloring under the wings and spots
> of orange on the tops of the wings, but the chest is grey
> with some grass green as well as some orange mixed in. I
> am thinking female, but am still not sure. As I said, the
> bird is pretty close to 10 months old, so I would think the
> adult colorign would already exist, but I am no expert.
> Should I wait until the next molt, or should I assume the
> bird is female?
> Thanks for your help in advance.
Red Bellied are one Poicephalus that, as juveniles, do not
display accurate coloring to determine gender. Simply put,
some hens have the orange belly and head while others are
grey/green and never have any orange. The one with the
orange, will of course, lose it when it moults. Also some
males will start out without the orange and then develop it
By 10 months you should have a pretty good idea of what you
have, although the moult could prove otherwise.