I really dislike stereotypes of most anything because, well... many times that's all they are "stereotypes". Life is so complex that there are just too many exceptions out there. My budgies are a good example.
As Mink has become an adult (1yr 9 mo), and Chip has become closer to maturity as well (7 1/2 months), I notice something about them as individuals that seem to go against all the budgie stereotypes concerning gender that we tend to hear over and over.
Mink proves that females aren't always bossy, difficult, or more dominant. Although budgies as a species are one where the female is generally the most dominant of the pair, Mink is extra easy going for a girl budgie. She's a 'nice' girl
. That's not to say she never gets cranky, but even in her crankiest moods, she's never really that bad honestly, not toward humans nor Chip. I've never allowed her to get broody, but even while in condition, she's surprisingly tolerant and easy going. I never saw a marked change in her behavior going from baby to adult. She was handfed, and has even maintained her tameness. Chip was also handfed, but he is now fairly wild.
Now Chip's adult personality has emerged... as a teenager, he has really undergone a marked change in behavior as compared to when he was a baby. I think he has developed into a macho type of guy
. He has always been extremely active, but he has now started to become very vocal. Both noisy and louder than my previous male budgies. He is also now the dominant one between the two. When I first got Chip, he and Mink were pretty evenly matched. They'd have small bickerings over a perch or swing, then neither one would 'win', and after a few seconds they'd forget about it and continue sitting where they were. Now, apparently, what Chip says goes
. He isn't 'aggressive' towards Mink, but when they bicker he always wins when Mink backs down and moves away. Although she does 'try' to stand her ground for several moments first. I think she needs to take lessons from other hens and learn to assert herself more
. Don't get me wrong, they are still good friends, and overall get along well
I thought this was an intersting observation to bring up, to show individuality, and that you can't necessarily predict behavior based on gender stereotypes.