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I've posted about what I think is a male Indian fantail on another thread.
This is my homer...any guesses on gender based on its appearance?
 

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Thank you. I really love this bird. He/she is not a pet...the bird lives in our aviary. But we have a sort of relationship and I can perceive the bird's intelligence. It's a joy for me when he/she does "the helicopter" or takes a bath. It's just a disappointment that the bird I acquired to be a non-breeding mate turned out to probably be of the same gender.
 

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In the first picture it looks like a mature, grumpy hen.
In the second picture it still looks like a hen, just not as grumpy.
 

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Testing the talent.lol
But who will tell if the guess is right or wrong? Pls arrange a pigeon because I read that sometimes it is so difficult to guess pigeon's gender by its looks, only a pigeon can know it for sure.lol
 

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A pretty good way is to put the bird in a cage with a large mirror. See how he reacts to the other bird. A hen will pretty much ignore it, or just sit by it. A male will usually either want to fight with him, or dance and display in front of him. Try it, it's interesting.
 

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There is a way to tell sex by just a glance although I don't know if it holds true with all breeds.
Hens tend to have skinnier flights and longer keel bones.
Cocks have thicker flights and are usually bigger than hens.
Cocks when they coo add/have this extra Wah-Wah sound at the end of the coo.
Hope this helps
 

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Thanks for posting more pics Scottsdaleaz,
This pose is so helpful in guessing gender of a pigeon.

By looks it seems a male to me :)
Tell if I am right ? And how do you guess?
 

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Thought a lot.huh. and now by beak it seems a female to me.lol
 

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Yes its a male.
Looking at some of the physical features combined may help to guess the gender
Yessss...so I was right to judge by his looks, got confused with beak.lol
 

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Can't always tell from pictures. If you think you can be positive from a pic, you are fooling yourself.
 

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When we just have a pic we can only do what we are doing. Lol. Weird guesses.
When have a pair, will go for mirror test as you advised :)
 

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why would you need to use the mirror test for a pair?
 

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why would you need to use the mirror test for a pair?
When I dont know which one is male or female. Or if I dont have a pair I can still do your mirror test with that single.
 

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If you have a pair, you can usually tell which is which.
 
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