Determining pigeon gender can be challenging, especially if you are a beginner. Although some experienced pigeon breeders also get fooled. There are many different methods for determining pigeon gender.
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Male pigeons are more boisterous and louder than their female counterparts, they are also more prone to preening, head bobbing and puffing up their chest feathers. If you compare the side claw of a male to its forward-facing claws, the side claw has an equal length to the rest. Unless the different lengths are significant and can be seen easily by the naked eye, only physical measurement will confirm this. The anal vents between males and females are different. The female vent is wider, but you need good eyesight to spot the difference. Apparently, if the tail feathers stick out straight from the body, you have a male in your hands. Pigeons are known for their cooing. It is known that when young pigeons are ready to mate and breed, and they have chosen the female of their liking, a curious ritual takes place. The males choose the nesting site , but the females have to approve it. This is probably the easiest and most telling way to sort out males from females, but it takes a bit of observation.