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Hello everybody,
It's been like 5 or months since i got a pair of cockatiels male and female, yet i've never seen the female laying eggs, i already saw them mating a couple of times though. But that means nothing as even 2 males can act like that.
However can somebody tell me how can i be sure that the pair is really a male / female couple without doing the DNA test
Here is a picture of the female (i hope it is rofl)
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It's really hard to say what gender they are. How old are these birds? I have a male and a female pearl that are over a year old and seemed to have bonded yet the female has yet to lay ANY eggs. Then I have two males that are about 5 months old and have become good cage mates so you might say they have bonded as well. The only sure fire way of knowing is the DNA test.
 

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Hello there and welcome to the forum!

What does your other cockatiel look like? You can sex them by gender-specific behaviour. How vocal are they? Do they sing or whistle? Do they do heartwings or dance around and display like a courting ritual?

Your lutino 'tiel could be a female who just isn't that interested in laying eggs and/or bonding with the male. And yes you're right, some males will jump on another male's back as an act of dominance so seeing mating behaviour still won't tell you that you have an opposite sex pair unfortunately! :blush:
 

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Hello there and welcome to the forum!

What does your other cockatiel look like? You can sex them by gender-specific behaviour. How vocal are they? Do they sing or whistle? Do they do heartwings or dance around and display like a courting ritual?

Your lutino 'tiel could be a female who just isn't that interested in laying eggs and/or bonding with the male. And yes you're right, some males will jump on another male's back as an act of dominance so seeing mating behaviour still won't tell you that you have an opposite sex pair unfortunately!
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Thank you for answering.
I have uploaded a licture if the female, you can see it above. Also i want to tell that she rarely sings (i saw her singing just for once) she is usually silence the whole time, while the male always sings, screams and make a lot of other sounds.
 

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Since around 75% of lutinos are females, chances are you have a female, also based on your description of her. Some females won't lay eggs for years, or until they have a very close bond with a male and a nesting site they are happy with.
 
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