Every year we see posts on social media of people trying to sex their emu by their head markings, so here is a post to have a look at the truth in this theory.
The theory quite simply states that if an emu chick has a bullseye feather pattern on it's head then it is male, without the bullseye, females.
Lets look at this below for the emu who were used. The conclusion stats are at the bottom of the page.
27 emu were recorded
10 proved the theory works - 4 males with a bullseye, 6 females without
13 proved the theory doesn't work - 7 males without a bullseye, 6 females with a bullseye
4 were inconclusive or had no DNA result
In order for this bullseye theory to be correct, all the results should correspond to the theory and 13 out of 27 did not. Proving that the bullseye theory of sexing is an unreliable method of sexing emu chicks.
However, trying to sex them by their head patterns is always a bit of fun whilst waiting for the DNA results.
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