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Message #2200. This is a followup to #2199.

Date:Tuesday October 19, 2004 11:26:34 am MDT
Subject:Re: New Nanday
Message: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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