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Old 01-20-2022, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Sexing a dove

I know this is a hamster forum, and a bizarre place to ask, but I thought maybe someone does have experience with birds here. Iím not really bothered if no one is sure as Iíve read a lot online saying the only sure way to know is with a dna test and I love them either way. I just thought someone might be able to tell through appearance.

Theyíre a Eurasian Collared dove, we got them when it was really windy outside the nest was completely destroyed and itís sibling had died from the fall. We thought maybe male at first so called him Filbert, we did leave him outside for three hours twice to see if the mother would return but never did. So we took him in mustíve been only a few days old.

Now as he has grown we wonder if he is a she and changed her name to jillbert lol, due to her thin neck and flat head. But recently found out bowing and cooing is a male mating call, and I tried to feel the pelvis, it feels round but not 100% sure Iím feeling it right.

Iíll add some pics, any clue would be nice but love them either way, just would be cool to know.
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Old 01-20-2022, 03:32 PM   #2
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No idea but you could get in touch with a wildlife rescue.
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Old 01-21-2022, 04:01 AM   #3
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Iíve never tried to contact them for anything so not sure how they will respond, but I have sent an email! Thank you for the suggestion, I know itís not the best place to ask on here but I couldnít find many links in sexing them and figured we have a whole community of animal lovers. I wouldnít have been surprised if no one responded but I appreciate your suggestion Ria, thank you
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:11 AM   #4
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I was in a similar situation when i found a young sparrow and the parents wouldn't feed it when i put it in a tree away from cats. I put it in a miniature bin cage and it survived even though a wing had been injured when it crash landed i guess. I posted my dilemma on here and Lunathehamster1 replied with a link to wildlife rescues. Unknown to me there was one closeby and they were happy to take the little sparrow in. I don't know how to link a link but i'll try and find it.
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Old 01-21-2022, 07:24 AM   #5
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Found the link on page 3 of my Foster hamsters thread.
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Old 01-21-2022, 10:34 AM   #6
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That sounds very similar to what happened to our one, I think because itís sibling had died I think the parents may have seen them and presumed theyíd both died. So hadnít come back for Filbert.

Iíll be honest, we never planned on keeping him, but we had to syringe feed them for ages. Itís only recently theyíve been able to feed their self (still struggle to eat bigger seeds like some sunflower seeds). Now itís the middle of winter here and weíre worried theyíve got used to the warmth in here so would only let them go if we knew the parents would accept them again.

I have heard a story online if someone passing them on to a wildlife rescue and they actually did release back where it originally came from. Ours wasnít ever that bad though, we figured weíd get it to the point they could fly then release. Now 1 month - 2 months down the line and we still have them. In spring we will let them go though but want to somehow allow an opening so if they want to come back in they can.
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Old 01-21-2022, 10:38 AM   #7
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This was them when we found them, couldnít even lift their head up and had to keep spraying their feet out. The biggest problem was feeding as their beak was so small. They did grow fast!
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Old 01-21-2022, 01:43 PM   #8
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You've done well growing this little thing into a proper big bird! The wildlife rescue said they would release the sparrow into the wilds if they can fix the wing but if they can't and it can't fly they'd keep it.
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Old 01-22-2022, 07:33 AM   #9
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Hopefully the wing will recover, I think in a lot of cases they do but even if the wing doesnít, I found out through Filbert they LOVE human contact. Itís true theyíre very sociable so either way your sparrow will be happy Iím sure. Whether that be flying outside or getting cuddles indoors.

Yes, it has been very hard work but incredibly exciting. I feel bad the mum didnít come back though, but I am excited to let them out more in the summer. Luckily, we could raise Filbert but itís a blessing to have people who run rescues because I worry where a lot of animals would be without them!
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