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I get that many cockatiels have genetic mutations, but I really want to know what you guys think the sex of my bird is. I think its a female, but mostly because she has the bars/spots on her tail feathers. However, she has a yellow face where as most females have entirely grey faces and and entirely grey crests. I just want your opinion, because she acts like both a male and female. She screeches, but she also whistles, and when I compared her to a male cockatiel, she seemed to have more color spots like females do. Keep in mind I whistle to this bird A LOT daily

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I agree, looks like a male. It takes time for babies to molt out the bars.
 

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looks and sounds like a male to me, i do believe that the males are much more eager to sing (not to say females dont, miso likes to freestyle a little tune once in a while, but evven at that i whistled to her every day since the first day i brought her home and she rarely ever does it, our vet said that's pretty much what to expect with females)
 

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It turned 1 year old in December
Being split to pied can also affect how long it takes a male to molt out his baby feathers. My Fuzzy was a pearl split pied and it took him over two years to molt out most of his pearls and baby tail feathers. Pied does weird things to other mutations.
 

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So you are saying that it is normal for a baby male cockatiel to have bars on its tail feathers?
 

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Yes it is. This is why it's so hard to determine the gender of baby tiels, they all appear to be female until they start molting.
 
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