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    Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    Hello everyone!

    Ok, so I have this wonderful and rather gorgeous cockatiel that is mostly light with pearling. He's affectionate, obsessed with me, and can learn anything I teach him, be it a trick, a song, or a word. He has done the heart wings thing, but very rarely (My male bird Charlie does it ALL the time). They are both the same age, which is well over a year now, possibly a year and a half....

    Cocoa also does the beak banging thing, especially in the last week or so!

    Anyway, I know males are supposed to lose their pearls but he still has his going on strong....growing more in now as I type, lol! I heard that there are some males that keep them....does anyone know anything about this? He chose me in a petstore in Merritt Island, Florida....

    Thanks in advance! If anyone wants to see pics (and a bit about both birds....!), click below!

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    P.S. I almost forgot, still seeing barred tail feathers too!
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    Just a girl with some animal friends! A fluffy Himilayan cat named Theodore Mittens, a bearded dragon named Miphy, a canary named Fringe (Miss you sweet Pumpkin!), two penguin zebra finches named Jasmin and Prince Pen Pen (Miss you sweet Lacey!), a tarantula named Mystique, four chickens named Audrey, Ellie, Buffy and Dolly....hermit crabs, and a betta fish!

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    Re: Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    I'm pretty sure males always keep their pearls, and just the females lose them.

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    Re: Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Cricket View Post
    I'm pretty sure males always keep their pearls, and just the females lose them.

    Nope, according to every site on google it's the males! Which makes me wonder what in heck is going on here. I've heard of breeders managing to keep the pearl in the male, but I thought it was a rare thing. Unless I have a female who sings and talks more than anything!
    Just a girl with some animal friends! A fluffy Himilayan cat named Theodore Mittens, a bearded dragon named Miphy, a canary named Fringe (Miss you sweet Pumpkin!), two penguin zebra finches named Jasmin and Prince Pen Pen (Miss you sweet Lacey!), a tarantula named Mystique, four chickens named Audrey, Ellie, Buffy and Dolly....hermit crabs, and a betta fish!

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    Re: Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    http://www.cockatiels.org/articles/g...s/vsexing.html
    Some sources confidently state that male pearls always lose their pearl markings during their juvenile molt but I've recently read that some breeders have developed male pearl birds who do not lose their markings at adulthood or who lose them slowly over a period of years

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    Re: Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    Oh, huh. I haven't really been staying current on 'tiel mutations.

    Are you sure he's a male?

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    Re: Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    If he's beakbanging, doing heartwings, and talking i'd bank he's male. I've actually met a male that was 8 years old and kept his pearls entirely. I was so confused because his owner had him paired with a female and said they parented several clutches when they were younger

    So it definitely can happen!

    Looking at your pictures, it's kinda hard to tell because they're not really labeled with dates/ages. Their first meeting pic, his tail is fully barred. Then a later pic in the vehicle when he's on the back of the driver seat (those long trips are tiring), he appears to have a solid tail feather in the center. That, for me, is further evidence he is male.

    Do you recall how old he was when you got him? It looks like his pearling was already faded in the first meeting picture. I also have a male pearl and he's over a year now and still has quite a bit of pearling. We got him when he was young, maybe 8 weeks, so i know he has lost pearls. He now looks a lot like Cocoa in regards to pearling. Basically just one larger looking pearl on the tips of his feather opposed to tons of speckles

    I think they lose their pearls much slower than we think in general. Cocoa is also pied, so maybe that further complicates things. My male pearl is just a pearl, not pied so it's a little harder to compare.

    Either way, i'm pretty sure he's male... and they're handsome birds!

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    Re: Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    I have had male pearls. they usually just kept the pearling on the shoulder area of their wings.
    with all the genetics being improved, I wouldn't worry about it. Candy

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    Re: Should Cocoa (a HE) have lost his pearls by now?!

    2% of males will keep there pearls.
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