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i have a wonderful peach faced lovebird.Is it impossible to tell female from male?I dont really have my bird on a diet plan but i feed it mixed seed.cocketial food because thats wat the guy who i purchased it from recommended.He said it was a fischer lovebird but i said it looked like a peach faced love bird.I looked up fischer love bird on the net and it was this huge bird with circles around its eyes and im like no wayy.Then i looked up love bird and there was my beautiful bird on the front page.Now i want to know if i can tell female from male.I call my lovebird jewl so i hope my bird is not offended if it's a male.
i have a wonderful peach faced lovebird.Is it impossible to tell female from male?I dont really have my bird on ... bird on the net and it was this huge bird with circles around its eyes and im like no wayy.

Peach faced lovebirds are generally bigger than Fischer lovebirds so the "hugeness" of the picture doesn't mean Jewl's not a Fischer's. There are many colours of Fischers, some of which look a lot like a peach faced. For some examples look at http://www.mresource.com/Birds/homepage.html

If Jewl's mature then you can supposedly tell the species by how they tuck nest material into their feathers. I say supposedly as mine make such a mess dropping material that it's amazing anything ever gets into the nest box.
If Jewl's still a youngster then his colours will often change as he gets older..
It's also possible that Jewl's a hybrid anyway.
The best thing to do is to scan a picture of him and ask on one of the specialist yahoo groups. They're very friendly so don't be scared :-) Don't post the picture though, you'll need to upload it into the group's photo section.
Then i looked up love bird and there was my beautiful bird on the front page.Now i want to know if i can tell female from male

How old is Jewl? If he's a he and mature then he'll probably do the silly mating dance. It involves bobbing his head up and down, strutting around, turning round etc. It should not be laughed at as he'll think it's very serious :-)
The sure way to find out is to get a DNA test. They can be done by mail when you send the company a feather.
I call my lovebird jewl so i hope my bird is not offended if it's a male.

Alan
That's what I thought - it seems you have to send off a "blod feather" (one that's just started to grow and presumably has bloo in it). When I took my parrots to the vet he took a sample of blood from their jugular vain as he said it's less sore than yanking out a blood feather, and you can never be sure if you have a good sample with a feather anyway.

Funny thing is I thought the police could get oyur DNA from ANYTHING (like a hair) left at the crime scene.

Also - JUGULAR?!? Strange how i9f you do that to a human you'd have a ginormous spurt of unstoppable blood?!?

I went to buy some camoflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.
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That's what I thought - it seems you have to send off a "blod feather"(one that's just started to grow ... scene. Also - JUGULAR?!? Strange how i9f you do that to a human you'd have aginormous spurt of unstoppable blood?!?

Very odd especially given how one of mine bled what seemed like pints from a toe injury. Perhaps their feet are more important to them than their brains -)
I went to buy some camoflage trousers the other day but I couldn't findany.

Alan
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One of my blue fronted amazons has cut his foot before, hardly any blood, but then I suppose the same happens if we cut our fingers, it depends where you catch it.

I think birds would have a lot of blood vessles in their feet - don't they use them for temperature regulation?

Bad command or file name! Go stand in the corner.
The sure way to find out is to get a DNA test. They can be done by mail when you send the company a feather.

That's what I thought - it seems you have to send off a "blod feather" (one that's just started togrow ... be sure of a good sample from a feather? I think your vet is incompetent. Taking blood from a vein??

Stupid hucker.
I went to buy some camoflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find

any. Alan

Im looking for some checkered paint. ;-)
any. Alan

Im looking for some checkered paint. ;-)

Well there does exist that weird two colour stuff, but it's shite.

As they say at Microsoft - "What do you want to reinstall today?"