Macaw , He or She

Jeremy

Regular Member
Please let me have your opinion.
We had our Harlequin Macaw DNA sexed as a female, but Im wondering if they made a mistake.
She is now over 11 years old and has not layed an egg. She does all the usual Macaw things, regurgitating, pupils dilating and pinning.
The thing that confuses me is that she rubs the area of her cloacae on my neck and makes a low squeaking noise.
She never flattens down or presents herself when being stroked.
I really have a feeling she is a he.

Any opinions and experience from owners would be appreciated.
 

plumsmum

Regular Member
Gosh I would say you really do not want eggs hun, comes with a whole raft of worries. My female 'too doesn't flatten but rather sticks her rear up. I wouldn't worry and be thankful for no eggs. If my 'too is getting it on, on me, she is placed elsewhere as allowing them to do this on you can cause problems. I am not her mate I am her mum! Maybe have a good look at how you fuss her? It could be that you are giving her the gladeye in the way you stroke her? Head only! There are big downsides to her seeing you as a mate and she can become very disillusioned and angry as a result.
 

Jeremy

Regular Member
She initiates the mating , she flies to me and then does it. I sont need to do anything to start it. I just dont see female behaviour so wonder if she is a he.
 

plumsmum

Regular Member
Have a repeat DNA done is you question the result hun. There are some cheaper options out there. My female 'too also starts it btw.
 

Michael Reynolds

Regular Member
Hello and welcome, She looks nice and comfortable in your photo, DNA has a high percentage of being correct. mind you I have a Sun conure that was DNA'd as a male and this year laid eggs. I still think she will be a she but with out doing a further test to satisfy your mind or she suddenly lays eggs then you will know the DNA is true, What is her name and we love photos
 

Michael Reynolds

Regular Member
I have a green winged macaw, female. she has not shown any signs of female submissiveness of a female. she will regurgitate at times and try to feed me. I just discourage this side of her behaviour.
 

Roz

Regular Member
Do you have any males to compare with? It was only after living with 2 males that I could tell that Bobbie (who was said to be a male) was female. A DNA test later confirmed it. Bobbie also always initiates mating - she tries to rub herself on me, or climb down the neck of my T-shirt where it is dark. I put her down to dissuade her as I really don't want raised hormone levels year round.
 
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