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What is the difference between male and female lorikeets?

Asked by Theby (998 points ) May 23rd, 2010

Two beatiful, wild lorikeets visit me numerous times during the day. I want to find out what what their genders are.

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dpworkin's avatar

It migt be hard if they are wild. You might have to look at their vents to be certain.

wyrenyth's avatar

From what I’ve found off the internet, Lorikeets do not seem to be sexually dimorphic (IE, outward physical characteristics which discern one sex from the other ) in the same way that parakeets, some finches, and some other birds are. If you can not tell simply by observing their behavior, which is something that would probably best be attempted by an experienced breeder, then then only way to really tell would be DNA testing. This procedure could be done without you actually catching the birds if you managed to get a hold of a few of the feathers they’d shed, and you could distinguish one bird’s from the other’s. This is not a horribly expensive option, either.

However, if you’re interested in sex differentiation so you could give them your own little pet names, I don’t think the birds would mind if you were accidentally wrong about their gender. ;D

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majorrich's avatar

Well, One kind would be a boy, but the other would not and would be a girl. XP I’m such an ass

nicobanks's avatar

You’ll just have to watch their behaviour, because males and females look the same.

Just by what you’ve said, a pair visiting you every day, I’d guess they are mates – one male, one female (usually!). But then, I’m not especially well-versed in lorikeet behaviour. Maybe you’ll get lucky and see one mounting the other? (But then, that’s not always a guarantee either! Check out this NYTimes article: “Can Animals Be Gay?” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/magazine/04animals-t.html?ref=magazine).

If I were you I’d start reading up on lorikeets – through observation and study, I bet you’ll be able to discern who’s who!

@majorrich Yes, you are an ass, not just for your sarcasm but you clearly didn’t read the whole question before answering.

majorrich's avatar

@nicobanks Oh Lighten up already. At least I didn’t bring up Gay birds! Ass!

nicobanks's avatar

@majorrich Hey, I answered the question, and everything I said was directly relevant to it. You’re just wasting space.

wyrenyth's avatar

Okay, children. Let’s not be off-topic. That makes both of us asses, and not the good donkey kind, either.

Sex cannot always be determined based on behavior alone. It’s perfectly possible they are both females or males, and were caged together and both managed to escape. Or they could have found each other out in the wild and paired up to keep each other safe. Lorikeets, like other keets, are most often found in flocks, not single pairs. So just because you have a pair does not necessarily mean you have one of both genders.

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