Sexing Cockatiels Visually


With so many mutations, it can be difficult to know what to look for when trying to sex your tiel. The following chart tells you what to look for with each color mutation.

Don't know your bird's mutation?

Mutation
Male
Female
Normal & Tint-changing Mutations (cinnamon, fawn) Yellow head
No barring on tail. Here is a male.
Looks exactly like juvenile
Head may have a few flecks of yellow
Tail barring remains. Adult female.
PearlPearls lost or diminished after first molt. Eventually all will be lost, making the bird like a normal male. A male in the process of losing his pearls. Pearls retained throughout entire life. Two pearls.
WhitefaceWhite head
No barring on tail. This adult male is also pearl, but you can see the distinct white head and loss of pearl markings.
Looks exactly like juvenile
Head may have a few flecks of white
Tail barring remains.
YellowfaceYellow head
No barring on tail
Looks exactly like juvenile
Head may have a few flecks of yellow
Tail barring remains
PiedCannot be visually sexed, except when combined with pearl mutation. Barring, cheek patch intensity and head color are inaccurate.
LutinoCannot be visually sexed, except when combined with pearl mutation (which even then may be impossible to see). Tail barring and cheek patch intensity inaccurate.
AlbinoCannot be visually sexed at all.

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