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Old 06-14-2016, 04:59 PM
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Hi Friends!
I recently moved Cochise to a better area to get more natural light. Today, I noticed very visible bars on the underside of his/her tail. I then decided to check under the wings for spots, which I found...boe the bars under the tail and under the wings are very apparent, even though the photos don't show them very well. Cochise is close to a year old.
I read that most but not all females have different behaviors than the males, and are more likely to bite and his (which Cochise does often!!)
I hope an expert will come along and let me know what I have. Thanks!!









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Hi Sachem
I am no expert but those cheeks strongly suggest Cochise is a boy.Will be interesting to see what other people think......
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Julie, that was why I never doubted it until now, they are very bright
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It is easier to tell if you have more than one 'tiel - you can compare them to see which is brighter....I would be surprised if you did have a girl there though.....
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My husband has a young tiel but we don't know it's sex either. We are assuming it's a girl by behavior and the sounds she makes
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Worse comes to worse, you can always get him DNA sexed. Around here it runs about $25. I'm definitely not an expert with this with tiels, but if you're looking for a definitive answer, that is it.
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I've seen a lot of talk about DNA being used frequently now, especially with the new color mutations that are difficult to sex visually. Maybe later on for fun I'll get it done. I'm being kinda stingy with my money right now, so it will have to wait :-D

Here's another picture where the wing spots are more obvious.
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I know very little about tiel and even less about that mutation. I do know females can sport bright cheek patches though. My white faced grey was easy to tell because his tail lost the bars and turned solid dark color underneath. I used to have a male tiel years ago that was a biter, so i wouldn't let that sway your thoughts much. Kate, one of our moderators here is pretty good with these thing's so hopefully she weighs in on this, and as Kirsten said, there's always the DNA test. Beautiful bird either way. Does he/she whistle, sing or talk ?
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Thank you Randy... I have heard females can have bright patches as well, and the barring is the best way to tell.
As far as the noises, it's the basic call. This bird is pretty quiet for the most part. An occasional call for me when I leave the room or go outside. Very interested in listening to whistling and interesting sounds but doesn't try to mimic or whistle.
I suppose saying all that really does point to him being a her.
As far as taming, it's one step forward two steps back. He or she isn't interested in toys or treats.
My husbands tiel that he recently got, is very vocal. It calls to us all the time, almost frantically until one of us goes over to the cage. Right now I had to come over and sit next to him or her and even if we are being quiet the bird settles down, happy with the companionship. We can also keep a finger in there and the bird will come up and taste our fingers if we dont look at her lol!!
Cochise will never, ever show any curiosity towards me or I should say, my hand. I put my hand in the cage and sit there until my hand falls asleep. As long as my hands are not on the cage, he or she will listen to me and sometimes even sit on the perch closest to me. I wont give up though, for her whole year or so of life, no one ever touched her, so this is going to take several months maybe even a year, but I'm ready.
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This is my husbands tiel. We are unsure of sex or color. Its mostly grey and white, but has some light cinnamon color on the face and breast. Because it's my husband's I haven't really done much besides keep her company. He does everything as far as cleaning, feeding etc... I have a big flock of my own and dont have much extra time that this tiel will need to be happy and confident. I'm bugging him about namingit, he's taking his sweet time.
I think he said it was hatched late December so about 6 months.





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