Parakeets are generally energetic, talkative, exciting, and entertaining pets. They will make your life brighter both literally (with their vivid colors) and figuratively( with their singing and chit-chat). Still, it is important to note that male and female parakeets aren’t the same. They differ in color, behavior, as well as in the number of words they can learn and the way they sing. So, which parakeet gender is perfect for you? Stay tuned to find out!
The biggest and most important visible difference between male and female parakeets is the color of their ceres. The cere is a spot of raised skin on the top of the bird’s beak. While the male parakeet cere is bright blue or violet, that of a female one is brown. The same hormone responsible for the color of the cere is responsible for the color of their legs: males have blue legs, females reddish. However, these differences don’t mean as much to owners as the way the bird acts and how friendly it is does.
What really separates male and female parakeets is the way they behave. Males are much more talkative. They are able to learn more words or phrases, and they mimic human noises and intonation more readily than females. Male parakeets also love singing. They tend to be a little friendlier and more easy-going than female parakeets as well. They’re more relaxed and lively and love playing with you. They don’t bite as often, and their beak isn’t as sharp. Males also exhibit more head-bobbing.
Females, on the other hand, are a little different. They are a bit quieter, more subdued, and serious. Since they are the ones responsible for nest-building, their beaks are sharper. They are also much more protective and tend to bite more often. All of this comes from their maternal instincts and their need to protect their babies. They don’t bob their heads as often as males, and they aren’t as vivacious. They aren’t as ready to mimic human language and generally learn fewer words than their male counterparts. Still, they can form deep attachments to their owners, a bit more so than males, which again comes from their maternal instincts.
What Does This Mean?
Although it may seem that all of the above points to male parakeets being better pets, that isn’t always the case. Everything we have mentioned so far is simply a generalization of facts.
Every bird is a case for itself, and you might find female parakeets which are chattier or more physically active than males, or you might find males that don’t like singing. It is important to understand that the behavior of your pet also depends on the bond you form with them and on your own behavior.
While behavioral and physical differences are important, they shouldn’t be the only thing you consider when choosing the gender of your pet. Trust your gut, try interacting with both males and females before making a decision, and you should be fine. Remember that your pet will love you regardless of their gender, and choosing will be much easier!