Is it true that when the female's beak turns dark, she is ready to breed? how dark is dark?

by Dr. Joe Aguillard
(Pineville, Louisiana)

Is it true that when the female's beak turns dark, she is ready to breed? how dark is dark?


Hi Joe,

A darkened beak on a green back female Gouldian is considered to be a characteristics of a female ready to breed. There is a photo on my web site of a female Gouldian in which you can see the darkened beak. Click on, "Breeding Tips," in the contents column. Scroll down to the title, "GF Breeding - Optimal Tempertures," and see the photo there.

Hope this helps, Jeanie

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