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what sex is that peachfront conure?
So my peachfronted conures were kind enough to pose for the classic female and male conure photo. While my cell phone camera lens is pretty bad, you don't need a crystal clear snapshot to see the shape of each bird's head in this instagram:
This is a classic example of a female with a rounded head and a male with a square blocky head. In this case, the trick works -- I know that Ronnie with the round head is a female because she lays eggs. And I know that Sheldon with the blocky head is a male because he was DNA tested.
However, this rule of thumb is not always correct. We girls may giggle, but not every blockhead is necessarily a male. Almost as soon as I posted this one to twitter, I got a beautiful picture back of an egglaying female peachfronted conure with a nice blocky head.
At the end of the day, rules of thumb may or may not be helpful in determining the sex of your bird. If you intend to breed your bird or you really need to know the sex, go with the DNA test to be sure.
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