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hi guys! So I bought this beautiful cockatiel a few days ago and I was told that he/she was boy but I’m really not sure because Google has messed with my head haha. He/she has super bright cheeks but also has markings on his/her tail. can anyone help with this mystery haha. I’m unsure whether or not he/she is still molting their feathers and I’m not even sure how old he/she is. He/she is still getting used to their environment so hasn’t really made a sound yet but they’re always wanting to be near the side of the cage where we are or will be when we go back to the cage to relax (the cage is in our bedroom). They have made a few beep sounds when we come into the room but other than that we’re still waiting. Also i watched a video the other night that had some random bird sounds in it and they responded to it pretty loud but again only in beeps. I’m so confused!!!
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He/she is adorable! He/she looks like a heavy pied so you would have to DNA him/her to know for sure. Would it be possible to see a picture of his/her back? Unfortunately, pieds are the hardest to visually sex. With the pied mutation, females can have bright yellow faces and males can have dull faces. Both also have barred tail markings as well. I have a DNA'd male pied cockatiel who is 17 months old and he's lost his spots on his wings, but he still has his barred tail markings. I also have a DNA'd female pied cockatiel who has a bright yellow head. In the first picture, it shows that the male still has barred tail markings. In the second picture, the male is the one on the top, and the female is the one in the cage.
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Thank you so much for replying!! I’ll take some photos later on tonight and post them in the chat for you as he/she mostly likes to stare at us through the cage and doesn’t really like to show their back haha. But I’ll try to get that photo for you. I’m hoping they’re a boy just because I’ve heard their ability to mimic sounds is a lot better than a females and I love bird sounds. I already have a little budgie who takes up a lot of noise in the room haha. Your birds are absolutely beautiful by the way 😍
 

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Thank you so much for replying!! I’ll take some photos later on tonight and post them in the chat for you as he/she mostly likes to stare at us through the cage and doesn’t really like to show their back haha. But I’ll try to get that photo for you. I’m hoping they’re a boy just because I’ve heard their ability to mimic sounds is a lot better than a females and I love bird sounds. I already have a little budgie who takes up a lot of noise in the room haha. Your birds are absolutely beautiful by the way 😍
 

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hi guys! So I bought this beautiful cockatiel a few days ago and I was told that he/she was boy but I’m really not sure because Google has messed with my head haha. He/she has super bright cheeks but also has markings on his/her tail. can anyone help with this mystery haha. I’m unsure whether or not he/she is still molting their feathers and I’m not even sure how old he/she is. He/she is still getting used to their environment so hasn’t really made a sound yet but they’re always wanting to be near the side of the cage where we are or will be when we go back to the cage to relax (the cage is in our bedroom). They have made a few beep sounds when we come into the room but other than that we’re still waiting. Also i watched a video the other night that had some random bird sounds in it and they responded to it pretty loud but again only in beeps. I’m so confused!!! View attachment 96159 View attachment 96158 View attachment 96158
Your bird is gorgeous. Males have particular behavior. They like to whistle, they also wikl repeatedly strike surfaces with there beak. Some say it's to show ownership but I think it has something to do with regurgitation. Anyway try whistling something easy like Tequila or the Adams Family song. If he/she whistles back, that is probably a male. If not, it's a female most likely since they don't really whistle. Males are into this stuff to attract females so they are really animated.
 

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Hey Lumpy! Looks like the first 3pics are the same bird, looks to be a boy...has he had any molts that you know of? Try for that info from previous owner.
hi guys! So I bought this beautiful cockatiel a few days ago and I was told that he/she was boy but I’m really not sure because Google has messed with my head haha. He/she has super bright cheeks but also has markings on his/her tail. can anyone help with this mystery haha. I’m unsure whether or not he/she is still molting their feathers and I’m not even sure how old he/she is. He/she is still getting used to their environment so hasn’t really made a sound yet but they’re always wanting to be near the side of the cage where we are or will be when we go back to the cage to relax (the cage is in our bedroom). They have made a few beep sounds when we come into the room but other than that we’re still waiting. Also i watched a video the other night that had some random bird sounds in it and they responded to it pretty loud but again only in beeps. I’m so confused!!!
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Hey Lumpy! Looks like a young male. Molts will tell.(1st 3 pics) No barbs in the tale. Next 2 pics, still probably a male,but a little older.Try for more info from former owner. The females usually(always in my experience) don't make noises other than peeps, and what they call family noises. If they're males, the more you handle them AND talk to them,the quicker you'll find out! ENJOY! I have an older,non-mating pair,it took awhile for them to like me,but now they love me! Head scratches ROCK! Also, I have a male that is still less than a year, whistles, is learning LOVE YOU and gimme a kiss.The older male whistles too,and is trying out the same stuff.Keep it simple!(unlike this reply :))
hi guys! So I bought this beautiful cockatiel a few days ago and I was told that he/she was boy but I’m really not sure because Google has messed with my head haha. He/she has super bright cheeks but also has markings on his/her tail. can anyone help with this mystery haha. I’m unsure whether or not he/she is still molting their feathers and I’m not even sure how old he/she is. He/she is still getting used to their environment so hasn’t really made a sound yet but they’re always wanting to be near the side of the cage where we are or will be when we go back to the cage to relax (the cage is in our bedroom). They have made a few beep sounds when we come into the room but other than that we’re still waiting. Also i watched a video the other night that had some random bird sounds in it and they responded to it pretty loud but again only in beeps. I’m so confused!!!
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hi guys! So I bought this beautiful cockatiel a few days ago and I was told that he/she was boy but I’m really not sure because Google has messed with my head haha. He/she has super bright cheeks but also has markings on his/her tail. can anyone help with this mystery haha. I’m unsure whether or not he/she is still molting their feathers and I’m not even sure how old he/she is. He/she is still getting used to their environment so hasn’t really made a sound yet but they’re always wanting to be near the side of the cage where we are or will be when we go back to the cage to relax (the cage is in our bedroom). They have made a few beep sounds when we come into the room but other than that we’re still waiting. Also i watched a video the other night that had some random bird sounds in it and they responded to it pretty loud but again only in beeps. I’m so confused!!!
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[try talking to it quite a lot if after the cockatiel starts making sounds like tweeting try saying a one syllable word for quite a while. If it is a male it will start driving you crazy and won’t shut up! I have a female and she was barely 1 month old ,so I decided to pay a little extra to find out she is female. You can get the females to talk but it is not as easy,they would rather chirp
 
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