How to tell Male Lovebirds from Female Lovebirds
By: Petey & Petunia
Lovebirds are monomorphic, meaning the male and
female of the species look alike. These should be
considered as general rules for determining the
gender of a lovebird, not as absolutes.
* The female will sit on a perch with her legs spread
further apart than the male.
* Hens tend to be sturdier and heavier in build.
* Males often have more intense coloring.
* Females bite harder.
* Nest building activity is stronger in the female.
* Males feed the female.
* Tail feathers flare differently when birds meet. Females show
the tail feathers to be of the same length (straight across),
males hold the feathers slightly nipped (rounded).
* Males sit outside nest box during the day
* Females sit inside nest box during the day.
* Females more aggressive protecting their territory.
* Females are usually dominate.
* Males sometimes abuse chicks.
The most reliable way is: females lay eggs.
If you cannot tell for sure which lovebird is male or female,
a veterinarian can order a DNA or lab test.
Females called hens, babies are called chicks. A group of eggs
is called a clutch, a group of chicks is called a brood.