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Margaret <email address not displayed>
Margaret wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > Your baby is adorable. What a sweet looking face and how lucky he is > to have such a beautiful cage. I see you have a couple bags of > pellets down there and if your bird is eating them that is also > terrific! > > With regards to a name... I adopted my Nanday who was already a > couple years old at the time. I was told that the bird's name was > Gidget, but he didn't seem to react one way or the other to his name. > I started calling the bird Gizzy and Gizmo, so that is his name now. > > There are many generic "non-sexed" names you could give your new bird. > Peepers, Popcorn, Bingo, Buttons, Gizmo, Gobblin, Whammy, Georgie, > Bobbi, etc... > > I have a cockatiel named Missy who is a male, we found out later. We > call him Mr. Missy now. LOL! He doesn't care and it is only the > humans who might become confused. We also have a female that we knew > was a female from the start and we've always called her Georgie > (Georgie Girl, or GiGi). We also call her Bus Stop or Bus Stop > Georgie because she has a certain spot she hangs onto on the outside > of her cage and she expects to be picked up when she waits in that > location. I have a female Barraband called "Little Bird". > > Anyhow, you can wait for the bird to mature and then you can tell what > sex they are usually by the way they behave when hormones kick in. > (I'm trying to keep my wording family friendly here). My bird is > definitely a male because of the way he handles his favorite toy. He > positions it underneath him and rubs his tail over it until he is > "done". Males might also pick a favorite perch and move their tail > back and forth like a windshield wiper while rubbing their vent area > on the perch. I can't speak for female Nandays but female cockatiels > will position themselves underneath a toy, tail aiming upward while > posturing the body in a more horizontal fashion (as opposed to an > upright perching position) and make little clucking sounds, perhaps > flip a wing quickly here or there. The female's behavior is to entice > a male to her. > > If you don't want to wait a couple or a few years to find out if they > are male or female due to behaviors, you can take your bird to an > avian vet for a blood test or you can send away to a lab and have them > send you a kit. Avian Biotech is a company that has a website and you > can order kits right through them.
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