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Behavior differences between m/f GCCs /conures

When I gout Lily 3 months ago, she came with a certificate that had ber hatch date, dates of immunizations, and gender on it. They say she is female, but the people at the pet store don't know if she was dna sexed or not. I don't really care what her gender is enough to do dna sexing, but I am curious to hear if people that own GCCs or other conures have noticed a difference in gender behaviors?

Lily loves exploring, and poking her head in nooks and crannies. She likes to hide in fabric, but if she is around me she runs out to give me kisses, then backs back in. She can also be territorial around her food and water dishes inside her cage. We are workimg on this, and she has learned to take out her aggression on her toys instead of the offending hand. She is also had learned a few words and mimics many sounds. She says "hi", "boy" (her name for my parrotlet), and "sorry". She also makes kissy sounds, crunches, clicks, squeaks, and laughs (all sounds she hears me or her toys make).

These are generally behaviors I would associate with males birds, but I've never owned a GCC, and I've also had mostly males (budgies, and parrotlets).

Have you noticed differences in male/female conure behaviors? And what are they?
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I do know that sometimes you can know the sex of the baby depending on its color and the color of the parents. This may be why the breeder knew the sex. I know females can mimic and als be territorial especially when hormonal. You could always dna her thru healthgene for $12 to be sure.

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She is a very pale pineapple turquoise.

I'm not that concerned about which gender she is. I was just curious about behavior. Thatks for the info.
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What about diet needs? Do female birds need more calcium even if they're not laying eggs?

I really don't know. I have all boys.

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What about diet needs? Do female birds need more calcium even if they're not laying eggs?

I really don't know. I have all boys.
I think they do because they store the calcium in the bones for future use. It is just like human women versus men-who don't need as much calcium. Estrogen is tied to calcium. So women loose calcium as they get older and the estrogen levels go down. If they aren't getting enough calcium, women get weak bones and osteoporosis etc.

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All birds need calcium because it is needed for feather production. Some females need extra calcium because of excessive egg laying. It would be beneficial for all birds to have a calcium/mineral block.

You said she had all the "dates of immunization", what kind of immunization does a bird get?

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I know some colors (cinnamon and pineapple) are more likely to be female due to it being a sex linked mutation... Not sure how that really works tho...lol
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I have found that female conures are miles more sassy

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