Are these finches male or female? The beaks both look orange, not red. One has grey markings on wings and brown markings near the folds of each wing near breast. That one also has soft brown markings on its cheeks. The other one is all white and the brown markings on its cheeks are very, very, very faint. Also how old are they? Is there a typical age at which the stores will sell them?
Look closely at the beaks. The male will have a red beak while the female's beak will be orange. You might want to check out this site
www.efinch.com/species/whitzeb.htm I'm not sure how you can determine the age of finches that were purchased at a store.
Females chirp. Males can sing.
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How do I find out if finches are male or female?
Males are more brightly colored than females and may have more colorful cheeks and more markings.
Can I figure out the sex of my finches by their coloring?
By Terry Bielecki from Wilmington, MA
There are several breeds of finches, they all have different coloring. First you will need to determine the breed of your finches. Here is a website that should help.
As in many breeds of birds, male finches are the colorful ones and the females are plain.
I bought 2 zebra finches from Petcity and was wondering if they are boy and girl (male and female). They were in seperate cages when we bought them too btw. In the 2 weeks that we have had them they have laid 10 eggs, lost 4 -now 6 and then recently this week laid another 3, so 9 all together. I am just wondering what is happening because they sit on them and I don't know if they are fertile or not. Any suggestions? How do I tell which one is the male and which one is the female?
By Joseph from WA
Dear Joseph, firstly try to see the color of the beak of the two finches. It is the easiest way of determining sex of these birds. The male will have a darker colored beak (more reddish orange) than the female (light orange). Another way is to watch them carefully in daytime as the male will sing and the female will only make short sounds like chirping. Also you have not told in how many days they have laid all the 9 eggs.
How can I tell if fully feathered baby zebra finch is a boy or a girl?
There are three babies in the nest, one is white with a gray head, one is gray, and the other is cream colored. Is there any chance they could be color mutations?