Cockatiel Gender / Sex

Sexing in cockatiels is quite difficult. Although they have distinctive features, for some mutations, it is almost impossible to understand their gender. For this purpose, there are 4 ways to tell if a cockatiel is Male or Female. These are based on their color, sound, behavior, and DNA test. Let's give some details.

Sexing According to Their Color

This technique only works for Gray, White Face, and Pearl mutations. Your bird must be at least 6 months old to get the correct results. The most accurate method for birds younger than 6 months is the DNA test.


Gray cockatiels are usually in shades of gray. As you can see on the wings, it has white lines. This can sometimes happen in yellow but generally in white tones. Yellow masks on males' faces remain yellow after the first molt. Their orange spot is always dark. In females, the yellow mask on the cheeks turns gray after the first molt. Their orange spot is paler than males. Please review the picture. There is only one problem. Until the first molt, males and females are very similar. After the first molt, they start to get their adult color. You can be mistaken about gender discrimination when ythey are younger than 6 months. 

White Face

White face cockatiels are a rare but beloved cockatiel mutation. Their body is in shades of gray, and the mask on his cheeks is in shades of white. Since there are not some color pings of this type, there is no orange color on their cheeks. In these mutations, the mask on the cheeks is white in males while it is in gray tones in females. Again, you should consider the 6-months rule here. 


There are spots and patterns (pearling) on the bodies of pearl mutations. These pearlings are reduced or rarely seen in male ones after their first molt. In females, these pearlings increase. So, males have fewer pearlings while females have more. Still, do not forget the 6 months rule.

Sexing According to Their Sound

This method works for all mutations. Male cockatiels can sing with different tones and melodies. They can imitate melodies and sounds. You can teach them a few different words and repeat it. The females sing in one tone. They cannot produce more sounds and melodies. There are exceptions, of course, but generally there are no memorization and speaking skills offemales. Remember. Kepp the 6 months rule in mind. Watch the videos below.



Sexing According to Their Behavior

In this method, we will examine 2 types of behavior. If your bird spends a lot of time in front of the mirror and reacts a lot to its reflection, it is most likely a male. Likewise, if your bird is performing courtship dance, as in the video below, it is most likely a male again. And they sing a mating call while dancing.

Sexing With DNA Test

The best result for Sultan parrots is the DNA test. This process can be done with a piece taken from the feathers of your cockatiel. In addition, the results of this test are 100% valid and provide a healthy result. There is a fee of 50-60 euros.

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