Male or Female?:
This question needs to be considered only if you are buying a mate for a bird that has up to now been kept singly. If you hope for baby birds you have to make sure that the bird you are about to buy is of the opposite sex from the one you already have (See Tips on Buying Birds). If you are going to have only one parakeet, chances are that it will develop into a friendly, affectionate pet--perhaps even with a passion for chattering whether it is male or female. Contrary to the persistent opinion that females are less likely to learn to talk and consequently do not become as tame as males, disposition, temperament, and talent for learning are in no way connected to sex. A healthy young parakeet--whether male or female--will learn everything within its capabilities if it is taught lovingly and patiently. Nobody can guarantee that a specific bird has a special talent for talking or will be exceptionally affectionate. The only difference between the sexes that generally holds true is that females seem to have a greater penchant for gnawing than males. This is not surprising because it is the female's natural task to choose the nesting cavity and, if necessary, work it to proper shape with her bill. If you provide a few branches or a bird tree this tendency to gnaw can be kept from becoming too much of a nuisance. Two males can get along very well, they engage in mutual preening and often adopt the roles of "male" and "female."

See the article How Many Birds should I get and also should I get A partner for my bird.

E-Mail: berniehansen@sympatico.ca



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