How to Tell if Pigeons Are Male or Female

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Sexing pigeons can be tricky and even experts are occasionally fooled. Unlike many animals, birds, in general, do not have obvious physical attributes that distinguish them as male or female. Instead, you must closely watch pigeons for certain types of behavior in order to tell if pigeons are male or female.

Pigeons on stairs

Look at the size of the pigeon. Male pigeons are usually larger than females.

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Take note of when a pigeon sits on its eggs, if eggs are present. Typically, a male pigeon will sit on the nest in the morning, until around mid-afternoon. Female pigeons take over nest tending later in the day.

Pigeon Stare

Pay attention to the movements of the pigeon. Male pigeons “bow and scrape,” bowing their heads, while scraping their tail feathers along the ground.

Two pigeons on a perch

Watch a pair of pigeons mate. As with most animals, the male pigeon will position himself on top of the female, making it easy to distinguish the two sexes.

Tips

  • Both male and female pigeons coo.

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Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.