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He was DNA tested, which confirmed him as a male. He's very vocal and definitely a whistler and has started to talk. But he's about halfway through his first molt, and the new feathers are still pearled :eek: Not even less pronounced, exactly the same.

Is this possible? Then again, I was never too sure on his mutation. On first look, he looks like a cinnamon pied pearl. He's actually got red eyes (they don't show in photographs but in person there isn't any doubt), pink feet/beak/toes like a fallow. But he's also got a pretty big bald patch like lutinos do. He came from a clutch of two, his sibling definitely had duller cheek patches and coloring throughout, with the cinnamon grey more pronounced, and the breeder thought that one was a female. I didn't think to ask about the parents when I got him because I was just too excited about bringing my baby home. He mentioned that all the babies from his pair had the exact same colorings. Either like Sam's or about 2 notches duller and more grey in the body. But they all looked like cinnamon pearls.

I have some "before photos" here. The only change is the cinnamon color on his chest has gotten much more yellow. His pearl markings are exactly the same, haven't even gotten lighter. Even his existing pin feathers are dark at the tip and yellow in the rest. No pictures right now as I'm at the parents for memorial day and left the import cord in my apartment but I'll try and get some.
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he looks identical to my 2 cinnamon pearls (both females, both have a bald spot under thier crest) but mine don't have red eyes

I have read it's not really uncommon for males to keep thier pearlings

I have a 10 month old Pearl Pied Male and he has pearlings still (not really sure what age they're supposed to lose them )

here's a pic of my 2 cinnamon pearls one is more "yellow" then the other thats really the only difference

this is pearl



this is Goldie



and here is my pearl pied male

 

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Heh, everyone constantly told me that after his first molt, males should lose their pearlings or if they retain them, they've "bled" out and aren't as prominent. So when Sam didn't seem to be following that pattern, I was confused.

Is it possible for the DNA results to be erroneous? But then again, he has all the behaviors typical of males.
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I've heard several stories where people got thier quakers Dna tested came back Male(there is no behavior differnces in males and female quakers they all talk mimic etc ) and after they died they found out they were girls

the only sure fire way of sexing a bird is surgical sexing

but if he's talking, and doing all the boy things then I'd go with a boy, I know girls can do it to but its just not as common

My girls are usally quiet until i start talking to them then they just tweet

but in my budgies my girls are the one's making all the noise and my boys are more quiet (supposed to be the other way lol)

but my male tiels will whistle off and on all day, or make thier funny sounds

Maybe it has to do with the excat mutation if he has pied in him (like my male) maybe some pearls stick around

I've seen white face pearls ( i have one or suspect we have one) and the only markings left is what looks like some one air brushed some white spots on the tips of some of his feathers
 

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Males can keep their pearling after the first moult but lose them in the second, or like atvchick said they can just keep them. :) A male pearl that keeps its pearling is highly desirable in cockatiel shows (along with a number of other factors of course).
 

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Lee went through his first moult and kept some of his pearlings on the top and sides he lost most on his lower back, I imagine he will lose more when he goes through the next moult some pearl males don't lose them all till after a few moults so it could take some time.
 
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