In used to be quite involved in the bird hobby a few years ago and was given a tip on how to sex tiels when their colour and markings aren't obvious(Like in the case if normal grey tiels versus the whiteface varieties). I was told cock birds are generally louder and are more prone to screaming and hens are quieter. Or have I got that mixed up? I ask this question because I don't know wether my tiel Pie is a boy or girl! I suspect he is a she but for a while I thought she was a he coz when I first got him/her all he/she did was whistle! Pie was about 6/7 weeks when I got him/her in very early January and now nearly five months old would like to know if I have a boy or girl. Pie whistles/vocalises very little and most of the time just perches on my clothes horse...
And just for an awwww moment here's a pic of my potty mouth Rainbow Lorikeet Sparky grooming Pie's neck feathers the other night when Pie asked him to(Keep in mind this is the same bird who chases Pie around the cage)
thanks Sal most of it i have read on internet but the mating behaviour, Where did i learn it?.....................Jake and Jessie!!! after all they were at it like rabbits, even my kids got the jist of what they were doing eventually.
Well it does sound like my Pie is a girl. She doesn't run up and down the perch or tap anything with her beak and as you can see has quite obvious pearl markings so things sound like a girl. But she still does some weird things like flap her wings really really hard then fall off the perch and thrash around a bit thrn get up and whistle loudly a few times almost like something has frightened her then she's fine(I've always said tiels are loopy things hehe)