Differences between male and female parrot

Sexual dimorphism it is not a rule that can be applied to all species of parrots, since most of them are not observed at first glance the differences between males and females, being only possible to distinguish them through an analysis or an expert sexing.

Only in some species of parrots and parakeets are the differences in appearance between males and females palpable.

If you continue reading this AnimalWised article, we will show you some species with clear differences between male and female parrot.

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  1. Nymphs
  2. Ecletus
  3. Parakeets
  4. Kramer parrots
  5. White-fronted parrot
  6. Australian parrots
  7. Alternative differentiation methods


In some nymphs yes there is sexual dimorphism. Specifically in the ancestral (of blush), pearl and white-faced.

The difference between males and females is that the females under the tail have dark spots in the form of stripes, while the males have this area with the uniform color.

  • In the ancestral nymphs facial differences are also observed between females and males. Females have softer yellow and facial blush. Males show more intensity of color in these areas of the face.
  • In the pearl nymphs if after the molt they keep the pearls on their wings, they are female. The males after the molt lose these characteristic drawings of the species.
  • In the white-faced nymphs males wear a white face mask, while females are grayish, or white but smaller than males.


In the ecletus species the difference between male and female is radical. The males are of a very intense green color, and the beak of this parrot is of a yellowish orange tone. The females sport a beautiful red and blue color combination. Its beak is black.


Among parakeets, sexual dimorphism is seen in the waxy. The waxy is the nose, that is, the fleshy area from where the bird's beak comes out.

The waxy of common males is dark blue. If the male is ino, its waxy is pink or lilac. Female waxy is light blue, turning brown when in heat. Young parakeets, both male and female, have a white waxy color.

Among the Australian parakeets there is the species: splendid parakeet which does have a clear sign of sexual dimorphism, since females lack the scarlet stripe that males wear on their chest.

Kramer parrots

There are two species of kramer parrots: the collared parrot or the Alexandrian parrot. In both the sexual dimorphism is clear since the male shows a kind of characteristic black necklace and the female does not.

This species is known to need daily handling and constant enrichment of its environment and activities, otherwise it can suffer serious stress. They can understand up to 250 different words, perhaps for this reason the lack of stimulation is so harmful for this species.

White-fronted parrot

The white-fronted parrot or parakeet has an area on its wings where it shows differences between males and females. This wing area is called alula, and is located in the front part of the wing where the bone joint is.

The male of the white-fronted parrot is distinguished from its female because it has bright red feathers in the alula that the female does not have, or is barely hinted at.

Australian parrots

In Australia there are a great variety of parrots, which are more precious. In some species the differences between males and females are clear. Here are some species with patent sexual dimorphism.

  • Superb parrot: In this species the female lacks the red and yellow colors in the face and throat that the male wears.
  • Australian royal parrot: Females have a green face, head and throat, while in males these areas are red. Young specimens do not acquire their final colors up to three years of age..

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Alternative differentiation methods

Most species of parrots do not have sexual dimorphism, unlike the ones we have shown above. Differentiating them can be complicated if we are not used to the specific species, that's why many people turn to amateurs to respond to the sex of your bird.

Through palpation we can identify the male by developing a lump in the pelvic area while the females have the flattened area. Another of the most common tests is that of DNA, however it is somewhat expensive.

The laying of eggs clearly reveals that the bird is female and finally we recommend that you do not be guided by character since it can be very variable.

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