how to dna test a bird

How do I Know if my Bird is Male or Female?

The simplest and most reliable method of identifying whether your bird is male or female is through DNA testing. The procedure is straightforward: send us the samples after making your own DIY kit at home or ordering a DNA collection kit from us (which is included in the testing cost). Your results are emailed to you within five business days of the samples being received. We test hundreds of species. Check our Bird DNA-Sexing Species List to find out if your bird qualifies for testing.

Test Highlights: Name: Bird DNA Sexing; Samples: Taken at Home with Toenails or Feathers; Cost: Vary Based on Order Quantity and Sample Type; Results: Provided Five Business Days After Samples Are Received

Bird DNA Sexing for Gender Determination

Bird sexing, also known as avian DNA gender determination, is a non-surgical, DNA-powered technique used by veterinarians, breeders, and bird owners who are unable to identify their bird’s gender based solely on physical characteristics or appearance.

To find out whether the bird’s DNA contains male and female chromosomes, we use PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). The bird’s toenail can be clipped to obtain a DNA sample, which is then placed on a blood card. Alternatively, the bird’s breast feathers can be removed. When you order your test, we’ll send you a free DNA collection kit of your choosing. Alternatively, you can make your own DIY kit by clicking the link for instructions.

After samples are received at the laboratory, DNA results are emailed within 5 business days. See sample certificate.

Check out our FAQs or get in touch with us for a free consultation if you have any questions about this test.


Blood Sample Testing Cost

Feather Sample Testing Cost

Only $21 per bird with results in 3-5 days

Is there a way to find out the gender of your pet bird? The Avian DNA Sexing Test provides a highly accurate way to find out your bird’s gender.

It can be challenging to determine a bird’s gender, particularly if it is not a sexually dimorphic species. In contrast to mammals, birds typically lack physical traits that differentiate males from females. If they do, the traits are subtle or unnoticeable.

A DNA test yields the most accurate results when determining a bird’s gender because it eliminates the need for guesswork.

For a conclusive method of identifying the gender of your bird, we provide Avian DNA Sexing. This test, which starts at just $21 per bird, assists owners and breeders in accurately determining the gender of their birds.

This testing service uses samples of feathers or blood to test a minimum of five birds. Please specify which breed of bird you would like tested, as we are unable to test every known breed.

DIY Kit: Bird DNA Testing Collection Instructions

Instead of purchasing a DNA collection kit from us, choose one of these techniques and carefully follow the directions.


How much does it cost to DNA test a bird?

Avian Test Type
Cost Each
DNA Sexing (blood sample)
1-2 Days
DNA Sexing (feather sample)
1-2 Days
DNA Sexing (eggshell)
1-2 Days
Avian Borna Virus (PDD) ABV Antibodies (ELISA)
5-7 Days

How do you get DNA from a bird?

Feathers for avian DNA testing should be freshly plucked, not naturally moulted. DNA is contained at the base of the feather, which originates just below the surface of the skin. It is important to pluck each feather individually and close to the skin.

How do you collect feathers for a DNA test?

Collecting Feather Samples To pluck the feathers, just hold them relatively close to the base, and pull gently. Do not touch the quill, as the DNA is extracted from the skin cells attached to it. Place the feathers, 2-3 total, from each bird into an envelope (if you need envelopes, please let us know!).

How long does it take to get bird DNA test results?

Once samples are received, your results are emailed to you within 5 business days. We test hundreds of species. To see if your bird is eligible for testing, check our Bird DNA-Sexing Species List.