How To Tell Male Lovebirds From Female Lovebirds



By: Petey, Petunia & Tweet Tweet

Lovebirds are sexually monomorphic, meaning the male and female of the species look alike.

These should be considered as general rules for determining the sex of a lovebird, not as absolutes.

* The female will sit on a perch with her legs spread further apart than the male.

* Hens tend to be sturdier and heavier in build.

* Males often have more intense coloring.

* Females bite harder.

* Nest building activity is stronger in the female.

* Males feed the female.

* Tail feathers flare differently when birds meet. Females show the tail feathers to be of the same length (straight across), males hold the feathers slightly nipped (rounded).

* Males sit outside nest box during the day

* Females sit inside nest box during the day.

* Females more aggressive protecting their territory.

* Females are usually dominate.

* Males sometimes abuse chicks.

The most reliable way is: females lay eggs.

If you cannot tell for sure which lovebird is male or female, a veterinarian can order a DNA or lab test.

Males are called cocks, females called hens, babies are called chicks. A group of eggs is called a clutch, a group of chicks is called a brood.

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