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Old 05-10-2017, 11:05 AM   #1
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Hi, I am new to parrotlets. I just bought this little guy. He has quite a lot of cobalt blue on his back, a little on his wings but none above his eyes. Is he a male or female?
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Old 05-10-2017, 11:09 AM   #2
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It can be tough to tell with that mutation but the deep blue on the wings is the telltale sign of a male. The depth of color in his rump is a male thing too!
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Old 05-10-2017, 11:18 AM   #3
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I didn't think to mention he is 7 weeks old. Don't know if that makes a difference or not.
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Looks male to me.. it is a tough mutation though. Age doesn't really make a big difference. Sometimes the eye streaks in males are brighter/bigger after a few molts. I know Levi's eyes streaks were just a few feathers when he was a baby and they are more prominent now.
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She could be pretty...But I'm going to say HE'S handsome.
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:07 PM   #6
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Looks like a young female to me.
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The blue on the wings looks weird for a boy. My instinct is girl.
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Alot of breeders call this "dilute" but the very seasoned ones are trying to correct that as they are technically "American White" (even though there is blue tone, it's confusing)
Anyway I have had several conversations with various breeders I know and asked about other birds this mutation. I'm going against the grain of my fellow moderators here and saying I am certain he is Male.
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I would wait for a few molts before a decision on male or female. The blue on the rump and wings are a sign of a male. I have always understood that blue on rumps meant male. Or- get a DNA test at your local avian vet's office.

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The blue on the wings means male from what I understand. He is a cutie!
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