Is My Budgie A Boy Or A Girl?

Updated on June 19, 2014

So you bought yourself a budgie, and now the question has been nagging at you... Is it a boy or a girl? It's not too difficult to tell with budgies, but it can be confusing for beginning bird owners. A guide on how you can tell the gender of your budgie, with helpful pictures.

Contents

  • Boy Or Girl?
  • Behavior
  • Looks
  • A small anekdote

Two budgies. The one on the left is male, the one on the right is female.
Two budgies. The one on the left is male, the one on the right is female. | Source

Boy Or Girl?

Most bird species are not sexually dimorph. This means that you can't tell what gender it is, simply by looking at it. Luckily, we're talking budgies here! Although it can be difficult for beginners and non-bird owners to tell the gender of a budgie, with a few simple tips, you'll be able to determine if your bird is a Tweeter or a Tweetine (Dear Lord, please don't actually use those names...!).

Behavior

Male budgies tend to be the calmer, more social of the species. The hens, while they can be very sweet, tend to be more aggressive towards strangers, will be more inclined to defend their territory, and will nibble on things more. This is due to their instinct to create and defend their nest. The males also talk a lot more. Very few hens actually chatter like the males do.

As mentioned, the males are also more social. They are more likely to create a strong bond with another male in the group, whereas females very seldom have a best female friend.

Of course, as far as behavior goes, that is easily modified and therefore not always very reliable. The above is something you'll more easily notice if you have several budgies. It's also possible that you have one female budgie that acts like a male. This is because it's spent a lot of its life around the males of her species and learned how to behave from them.

Looks

This is the one that's most often used to distinguish a gender. Superficially speaking, there is absolutely no difference between cocks and hens. But take a closer look at the colored swollen patch on their beak (this is called a cere). The color of the cere is the key to revealing the mystery of a budgie's gender.

A male budgie will almost always (except when it's an albino) have a dark blue cere. If it's a very young bird, the cere will be purple. Observe the cere of the bird on the left in the picture above. It's approximately 6 weeks old, and has a purple cere. Therefore, it is male.

The bird on the left has a dark blue cere and is male. The one on the right has a very light blue cere with white nostriles and is female.
The bird on the left has a dark blue cere and is male. The one on the right has a very light blue cere with white nostriles and is female. | Source

After a couple of months, the budgie's cere will change color, indicating that it's maturing (but not fertile yet!). So purple turns to dark blue when it's a male. But what about a female?

Females are the cause of the most confusion. People with male budgies seldom wind up really being unsure as to the gender. But females sometimes have blue in their ceres too, and that's mostly where the confusion sets in.

Females usually begin with a very light blue cere, sometimes it's almost white. If your bird is very young, you should be able to see very clear white rings around the nostrils. Not all hens have this though, so don't let that make or break your decision. As she ages, her cere will turn to a darker light blue. Sometimes she'll still have the white nostrils. Sometimes, her cere will turn a shade of pink. If she's feeling like breeding, it'll be brown and crusty. It could be beige. But it will never be dark blue!

So here's how to decide. Does your budgie have a dark blue cere like the bird on the left in the upper picture? Or does it have a purple cere like the one on the left in the top picture? Then it's a male.If it doesn't, you can be almost certain it's a female!

Many websites and bird owners juggle with lots of cere colors, saying that different feather colors will often result in different cere colors. But a male will have a darkblue or purple cere in 90% of the cases, and a female will not. Don't let yourself be confused.

The most telling of all...

If your budgie lays eggs, you can be pretty sure it's a female. Well, that, or you call National Geographic Channel and tell them to come over.

This is Nala. After much doubt, the rule still applied: not dark blue = not male.
This is Nala. After much doubt, the rule still applied: not dark blue = not male. | Source

A small anekdote

As a budgie owner, I began out wondering very strongly as to the gender of one of the birds I had acquired. I read all I could about cere colors, budgie behavior and links to gender, and so on and so on. I put pictures online of the budgie I wasn't sure on, got the advice of experts and eventually consulted a bird vet. The guy who sold the bird to me said it was a male and had put the budgie in a cage with only males. Most experts said it was a female. Some experts said it was a male. Even the vet eventually said it was a male.

But I was so sure it was a female. The behavior was that of a male. The cere was light blue, but I couldn't find the white rings on it. The websites I checked said, blue for males, females have white rings and sometimes light blue ceres.

I decided to trust my gut on this. The white nostrils weren't there, the behavior was male, but the cere was not dark blue. And so I decided, well, I feel it's a girl despite the evidence, I'm just going to consider her a female.

Well, to summarize how it turned out... Until male budgies start laying eggs, I'll know the vet was wrong, I was right.

The morale of this tale: If you're in doubt, it's most likely a female. Follow your guts.

So To Summarize...

Color of Cere
Gender
Dark blue
Male
Any other color
Female
Still in doubt...
Probably female

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 weeks ago from Belgium

      Hey Robin, a purplish white cere would indicate a boy. Look at the picture of the two grey budgies next to each other. The one on the left has a purplish cere and is male, the one on the right had a very soft color and was female.

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      robyn 

      3 weeks ago

      I think my parakeet is a boy but it has a purplish white cere and it is young is it a boy or girl

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      Rhea Satterfield 

      7 weeks ago

      my parakeet has like a darkish but not that dark purple ?? would that mean he (or she) is a male or female ? i’m so confuzzeled

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      Stephanie 

      7 weeks ago

      Her or his nose is like black

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      Joe 1235 

      2 months ago

      MY budgie has no bars going to the cere and the color of the cere is light blue and by the nostroll is pale the iris ring is also visible

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      LittlePiedDaisy 

      2 months ago

      So Snowy is a female, with a light blue cere. How about Daisy? He’s almost a year old (or she?) but I think he or she is a pied (pretty sure) and has a purple cere. So, female or male?

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      AlbinoKeetMom 

      2 months ago

      Ok so there needs to be information for when u get an albino keet. Cere is just white. Everything is just white, so what do u do in terms of identifying gender?

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      Pet lover 

      2 months ago

      I have two budgies one is a girl one is a boy I don't know if they'll have eggs

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      iceLush 

      2 months ago

      Hello there! I adopted some budgies about a month ago. They are both abour 1 year now and i cant tell their genders. The lady we bought them from said they are both male. But i am unsure. Chimera and Zintli. Zintli has a very purple-ish pink and Chimera is a royal-ish blue on the outside going to very light blue then pure white.

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      Annika 

      3 months ago

      I noticed my budgie who I thought was male has a purple cere with one blue ring around each nostril. Is he a girl?

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      Chloe 

      4 months ago

      My budgie is almost a year old an the budgie has s pink and blue cere what did I do?

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      Chrissa 

      4 months ago

      I want to tell if my parakeet is a male or female

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      Naomi 

      4 months ago

      Mine too, Sarah :D

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      Sarah 

      4 months ago

      I was wondering if anybody can tell mewhat gender my budgie is... I THINK, its a male, but im not sure... its has a combination of a purple-ish pink, and a light-ish blue. He/she is quite young so I don't know of its a male or female....

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      Mermer 

      4 months ago

      My budgie has some blue and purple on his or her nose and a bit of yellowish white on his or her nose

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      Holly 

      5 months ago

      I thought my parakeet was a boy, until his cere turned tan, like a female's.Now I'mreally confused.

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      peril 

      5 months ago

      i think mine might be a pied ive been buying female budgies to realize they are all peids

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      Dh0m_4ever 

      5 months ago

      Hi Jusly, I believe that you’ve a female Budgie. And Caz, I think if it’s too young then you’ve to wait a little to see if the cere changes or not. But you mostly have a male Budgie.

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      Caz, budgie lady 

      5 months ago

      I have a young budgie which has a blue cere is it male

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      Jusly 

      5 months ago

      i have just got one budgie with brown cere is male or female?

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      Dh0m_4ever 

      6 months ago

      I’ve just got two budgies one week ago ( this not my first time with Budgies ). So after reading this article I believe I’ve a couple. That’s because one of them has a dark blue cere so he is a male for sure. And the other one which I’ve had the doubt about has a white to light grey cere with a little light blue stains (not all over the cere), so I wasn’t sure weather it’s a male or female. However, after reading this article I believe I’ve a female. Please share if you think she’s actually a female.

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      budgie lover 

      6 months ago

      i have 2 budgies i KNOW 1 is a male but i am not sure about the other one he/she is multi has coloured feathers and have lost colour in her/his beak and cere can you help cause i also read off a wbsite that when their beak lost colour than their sick. can you please help me?

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      Aiko 

      6 months ago

      My 2 Bird has blue and pink on her nose! But the seller said it is a girl??

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      lynne 

      6 months ago

      never mind

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      lynne 

      6 months ago

      I DON'T GET IT:(

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      Jenga 

      6 months ago

      My budgie acts like a female by pulling out things and not being social but she is 22 weeks old and has a light blue cere with white nostrils

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      meheueh 

      7 months ago

      +Bob it means its a female

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      bookpaw 

      7 months ago

      my bird is a female parakeet

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      Bob 

      7 months ago

      My budgie has a pink cere with white around the nostrils.

      Does this means it's a make or a female?

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      anonymous 

      8 months ago

      my budgie is light blue and its whiteish also

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      naomi 

      8 months ago

      I need help I have a white budgie and on the top of his/her beck is a really lite blue the a purple pink around the nostrils can anyone help

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      Natalie 

      10 months ago

      Our first budgie died and it's so sad

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      Bailey 

      13 months ago

      WRONG! I have 4 budgies all genders have been checked and my male budgies have either a purplish pink nose or a dark blue nose. girls have either a brownish pink or white!!!!!!

      IF TO LAZY TO READ THAT THEN READ BELOW

      GIRLS: Brownish pink OR White

      BOYS: ANY SHADE of blue OR Pinkish purple

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      Hello 

      13 months ago

      I have 2 budgies 1 I'm pretty sure it's a male because he's more social, but the other has a light blue and white and it's more aggressive. They also feed each other after each meal

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      Stacy Bakley 

      13 months ago

      I have a light blue and amale dots blue on beak blue in color so my allight blue a female they argue alot

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      Gokul 

      13 months ago

      Please give a list of food that my lovebirdscan eat please

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      Vicky 

      14 months ago

      I have two parakeets and I just assume the white one is female because her cere was always light pink, but I saw that it turned brown, I wonder what that means

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      Birdy 

      14 months ago

      Young Male parakeet have Pinkish Cere

      And Young Female have Light Blue Card

      --Adult--

      Adult Male Parakeet Have Dark Blue cere

      And Adult Female Parakeet Have White Cere or Crusty Brown (in breeding condition.)

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      Naseer shabbir 

      14 months ago

      I'm so confused. My two budgies have pinkish cere... some experts say that the they are male but some says no they are not males they are female's.... please help me I'm really very confused.

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      Betu Asuncion 

      14 months ago from Athens Greece

      Thank you so much for letting me know! That means a lot. Thank you

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      Sadie 

      15 months ago

      My, Peerket was white with blue wings with a very light, white, Can it talk, i know it Nod's it Head so much and, also I called it blue snow, she is very noicy when we talk, So can she learn to talk?

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      Stacey Hill-Foy 

      16 months ago

      Thank so far out all research of different articles this somewhat gave me some idea or some what ok so the pet store work might be right that it a girl. When we first got her though we played a video on youtube of male which make sense she does some stuff that could be acting little more like male. The only thing that through be the most is how male are more vocal and loud. Which our bird can be vocal but not very loud. There sometimes our bird can be very quiet as well. I also saw on the article that female are more territory and aggressive which I do see in ours. The funny part is our bird like female more in our house then my uncle(which technically the bird was his Xmas Gift). I can see our bird doesn't really like stranger(which make female trait). This pass few week we did have our little cousin over which the bird has meet a few times and really got along with them very well this last time. I have done a lot training with this bird to learn to trust us. For first three month this bird didn't want much to do with us and a lot bitting. So in the end of all really unsure with what gender bird we got. I am going to role with it most like a girl.

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      Robyn 

      16 months ago

      How long do budgies live for

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      FC 

      17 months ago

      I have two budgies one is yellow one is dark blue and they are always playing and touching each other but I am not quite sure if they are female or male though I think they are both male could anybody help me.

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      BudgieGirl 

      18 months ago

      Is my budgie male? He has a blue cere with purple at the edges and pink feet. He is about 1 yr 3 months old. Thank you!

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      Vivek Kumar 

      18 months ago

      Hi All,

      Below are the pics of my budgies. Can you please confirm the gender:

      https://flic.kr/p/SBXy7i

      https://flic.kr/p/TEhhte

      https://flic.kr/p/TEhg2M

      Along with this, if there is any idea about the age, that would also be a great help

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      lily 

      20 months ago

      need more info

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      Teresa Beets 

      20 months ago

      I catch a young budgie this afternoon. She has only one leg and 3 toes on the leg. She is very scared. Any advise that will help to calm her. I love animals and going to give her a loving home.

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      Chloe 

      20 months ago

      Thanks for helpingā¤

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      Donna Great house 

      22 months ago

      I just got me a budgie. Its about 5-6 weeks old. I can't decide if it's a male or female. It's actions say it's a male. But not sure

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      Tina Jenks 

      23 months ago

      I loved the article ~~informative and funny !!

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      Taylor 

      2 years ago

      I have a male budgie named BoBo. We want to get a nother perikeet and want to get a female. Yesterday I went to pet smart and fund this beautiful albino perikeet. What I want to know is was it a girl or boy? It was a baby and had a purple cere. What I'm trying to ask is if the bird was a girl or boy, because I know that albino perikeets are different to tell the gender?

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      Kristina 

      2 years ago

      I can't tell if y budgie is male or female because its cere is pink/ light blue with a bit of purple is it a female?

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      Milena 

      2 years ago

      Dear Ely,

      I have a beautiful budgie girl, named Neda Starkovic - originally meant to be Ned Stark but her cere turned brown and so I lost my head ;) - and now I have another budgie named Pedro (1 year old), whom I now suspect is more Sofia Vergara than Pedro... Please solve this terrible dilemma for me... Thank You in advance

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0vdmPK0qSZTZGVRd...

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      Kingbudgie 

      2 years ago

      Hi my budgie is a girl but i found something wierd the outline of my budgies eye is turning yellow but she is a blue budgie

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      lil101 

      2 years ago

      Plz answer me

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      ruth 

      2 years ago

      Hi I have a grey budgie the cere color is light blue with rings around it. I don't know if it is a boy or girl. Can you please tell me what you think it is? Thanks.

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      lil101 

      2 years ago

      Hi I have a budgie I have had for a while and the cere is light nlue with white rings for a while I thought a boy but am unsure now. I also have a pied male they kiss, preen each other, amd follow each other around everywhere. Plz held.

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      Katrina 

      2 years ago

      My male budgie is over a year and his cere is still very pink! He is pied though. I've had my female for three years and shes only gone into breeding condition once sadly.

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      CrazyBirdGirl 

      2 years ago

      I've had a budgie for three years now,and iv always been sure it's a male.However he/she does have a light blue cere...

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      Timber 

      2 years ago

      My budgie is a boy and is 1 and a bit years old could I still get another male budgie?

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      From what you describe, I would guess male. Males have a pink/purple cere as a baby, which then turns to darker blue as they age!

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      Is it dark (purple) pink? That's usually a male. Girls tend to have skyblue ceres (or brown as they mature).

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      I would think it odd for a baby budgie to already have a dark brown cere. Dark brown and crusted even means she's feeling like nesting. She could be small because she had been underfed as a baby or because she was captured in the wild (this is no longer allowed but does still happen way too often). I'm thinking you might be right - she's an adult!

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      Purple/(dark) blue is indeed most likely male. :)

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      They are both male. The one on the left (the blue budgie) is older and mature. The one on the right (green) is still a child and is also male. The purple will have turned to dark blue by now, same color as the other budgie!

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      Purplish is most likely a boy - light blue is most likely a girl!

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      Purple is most likely a boy, whereas the light blue is most likely a girl. You probably have to turn their genders around!

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      Elysianphoenix 

      2 years ago from Belgium

      If the blue is light, then you probably do have a female. :)

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      Kayla 

      2 years ago

      I need help. When I first got my budgie it's cere was pink but its almost been year after I got the budgie and now the cere is purple almost blue.

      Would you say its a boy or girl? Please reply fast!

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      veronica 

      2 years ago

      I just got a budgie- it's 8 weeks old. It has a whitish very little bit of pink cere. Is it a girl? Please tell me.

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      Linda 

      2 years ago

      I've just purchased what I was told is a baby budgie just out of the nest. It has a dark brown cere so I'm suspicious that she may be an adult. She is quite small.

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      Jessica 

      2 years ago

      Hi, my bird has a purple/blue cere.. I think it's a male ? Im not sure though

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      ruchiAgarwal 

      2 years ago

      Thanku soooo very much...I'm too all the time in same confusion but nooow m gonna follow my gut ;)

      I hv 8 budgies and 2 of them hv made a pair and are indulging heavily i hv cought dem a lot many times indulging and one is on top of other i hope dey get results asap :)

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      junaid 

      3 years ago

      i want to know the sex of my budgie the image is as follows:

      http://postimg.org/image/8ssm8cdnj/

      i m sure that the left one is male but i am not sure about the right one yellow and green as it has no rings on fore head and also has iris ring means its adult but it has pink legs so i think its female but not sure also they are feeding each other so plz tell me is the right one male or female ?

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      Jen 

      3 years ago

      I have two birds they are both about 3 1\2 months old i am unsure about there gender but one has a purpleish blue cere and the other has a light blue cere. Witch one is a boy or girl please help.

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      Birdy lover 

      3 years ago

      I have to birds and i thought that they were a boy and a girl but lately i have been questioning it. The girl is a green budgie and she i about 3 1\2 months old her cere is sort of purple with white rings around the nostrils and the boy is a a sort of turqoise green blue color and his cere is i really light blue and white and he is about 3 1\4 months old

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      Ioanna 

      3 years ago

      I have a budgie it has white rings and it is blue under the nostrils it is blue she is nearly 6 months old and it hasn't changed.

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      Emily :) 

      3 years ago

      Hi, i have a sky blue parakeet, and i was pretty sureit was a girl, but then, when my friend got a parakeet, one was male one was female, but there ceres were almost the same. So, i took a closer look at my birds cere, and theres small dots of light blue? the rest is a pink/tan. She's (i think its a she) very active and sprightly, and shes allways trying to court with the male, but he wont let her...

      It's a girl... right???

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      Ginos 

      3 years ago

      Thanks so much for your passion and knowledge of Budgies! Through reading your comments, we have determined the gender of our budgie with 90% certainty. Icy Blue is now almost certainly Misty Blue!

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      la 

      3 years ago

      Hey my budgies has a pink cere what does that mean

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      Cris 

      4 years ago

      Hello, i really liked your anecdote :) i'm actualy in the same situation: the vet says my parakeet is a male, looking at a picture of my parakeet a person that works at a petshop said it is a male, but reading your article (and doing some resurch on the internet) i think it's a female. I would really need your opinion too, please. When the parakeet came to us it had a crusty white ish cere with very light blue spots on the side, then after about a month and a half it turned light pink, light brown (tan) and the blue spots disappeared. I can send a picture if it helps. Thank you

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      Tazza 

      4 years ago

      Thank you yes he/ she is only one week out of nest last Sun and yes I have tried to clip his wings he is slowly getting better

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      Elysianphoenix 

      4 years ago from Belgium

      Tazza: If it's dark purple, I strongly suspect it's male, possibly still very young?

      However, the fact that your budgie keeps flying into walls is a problem. He could seriously injure himself. I recommend trying to find the reason. Did you clip its wings? If so, that may be the reason. Another possibility is that he's still very young and still needs to learn how to fly. No matter what the reason, please try to find out why and prevent it from happening again!

      Biting is aggression. Possibly you're holding it in your hand too strongly, or it's simply not tame enough. If it's still young, give it time. Don't force it to be tame, that won't work. Try following the tips in my other articles on how to tame a budgie. :)

      Good luck!

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      Tazza 

      4 years ago

      My budgie keeps flying into walls and very really biting a it has a dark purple near its beak and blue around his nose what is it plz

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      Elysianphoenix 

      4 years ago from Belgium

      Ciara: The brown cere is undoubtedly female. The other one... Green? o_O I suppose it could be a hormonal thing. You may want to get it checked out by the vet just to be on the safe side though he sounds healthy. The light blue sounds like female but if it's a hormonal issue, that can screw the whole theory up. Behavior sounds male... The only way to be sure with this one (unless he starts laying eggs) is to have his DNA checked by a vet who can then tell you if it's a he or she. ;)

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      Elysianphoenix 

      4 years ago from Belgium

      Shelby: You're correct. The green one is male (but not mature in that picture!) and the blue one is female. Budgies can start to mate around 11 months but shouldn't have eggs until the female is at least 18 months! The absolute last time they should breed is around 4-5 years for the female. Good luck!

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      Ciara 

      5 years ago

      Hi, thanks for the help! I've just gotten 2 budgies & figured one of them is female (brown crusty cere) but the other is causing confusion! I'm inclined to think he's male..he's a lot calmer & more chatty than female but here's the problem... his cere is light blue with GREEN rings around the nostrils!! he doesn't seem sick in anyway & looks good & healthy (and according to the pet shop between 4-6 months old ) HELP!!!? :)

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      Shelby DeZarn 

      5 years ago from East Peoria, Illinois

      I've been looking everywhere to try to figure out my budgies gender, and this has been the most helpful. But I'm still not 100% sure. So can you tell me for sure? From what you said they the green looks male while the blue one looks female. They like each other a lot. So I put them in a bigger cage, added nesting box, vitimins to their water, dandlion leaves, kettle bone and mineral block, along with nesting material out that they can pick at themselves to use.. and they still havn't started breeding yet. They might be too young, do they look to young to you? This pic was taken a while ago though.

      https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/r270/6...

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      Elysianphoenix 

      5 years ago from Belgium

      Yasar: Don't worry. Your budgie is just not in a breeding mood anymore. :) When she feels like mating, her nose turns dark brown. When she's no longer in the mood, it turns back to a pale color.

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      Yasar Shaikh 

      5 years ago

      I have 4 budgies and 1 Female is mature her nose color is dark brown .... But from last 5 days it is constantly going down and now her nose become normal there is no brown color,,, it look like light pink.... I don't understand what's going on.... Can anyone please answer me.

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      Sass 

      5 years ago

      I seen a budgie video and it said you can feed it birdseed sometimes

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      inrainbows 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the help! Much appreciated!

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      Sahar 

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much You helped me a lot

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      Elysianphoenix 

      5 years ago from Belgium

      Hey,

      I took a look at the pictures you provided.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurieschillinger/822...

      I assume this is Wolf? This is a boy. Look at the nose. The picture you provided of this budgie shows a pink color with a blueish tone. Typical for a boy!

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurieschillinger/822...

      On this picture, Mischa is a little more difficult to tell because the color seems to be rather unclear but from what I can tell, it's most likely a girl. It seems to be a rather white nostril, maybe a hint of grey in there. If that's the case, then it's a girl.

      Titi is without a doubt a boy. The color is undeniably dark pink/purple.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurieschillinger/822...

      Blueberry is also without a doubt a boy. The nose is colored dark blue. You'll never find that color on a girl.

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      inrainbows 

      5 years ago

      PLEASE help me sex my budgies. I would like to mate them!

      I have 4 budgies. I am VERY unsure about Wolf and Mischa, but please provide feedback on all of them, as I am new and don't know what I'm doing :)

      FYI - I got Wolf and Mischa from petco about three months ago. The other two-Titi and Mischa are over 2 years old.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurieschillinger/822...

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurieschillinger/822...

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurieschillinger/822...

      Wolf is the grey (diluted) one.

      Mischa is the green/yellow one.

      Titi is the (mostly) white one.

      Blueberry is the blue one.

      Im pretty sure blueberry is a boy. Also, I am aware Titi is a recessive pied, and is therefore a boy.

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!

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      Elysianphoenix 

      6 years ago from Belgium

      I thought that too, at first. Most information out there is very confusing, that's why I decided to write this article. :) Budgies are very similar to humans in many ways. They have their preferences and some budgies they just will not get along with for whatever reason. But if you stick a man and a woman in a cage for a couple years, there's a good chance they'll end up "falling in love", because they simply have no others to choose from. So most likely they will mate, but it's never a guarantee. There are even gay budgies!

      As for a bigger cage, the theory is one, practice is another. I usually just end up transferring everything (cleaned) into the new cage, sticking them in and observing them for a couple days, which usually works perfectly, but the ideal way is the following... Put the new cage next to the old cage, to let them get used to it and to tickle their curiosity. Then when it's time to move, clean everything from the old cage, and put it in the new cage. Let them spend the day in the new cage, but let them sleep in the old cage, so they don't injure themselves in the dark of night. After a week, you can let them stay in the new cage if everything goes well.

      Do keep an eye on how they behave in the new cage though. Maybe toys are too close or not in the right place, or they don't use something at all, etc... That's the theory and the ideal way, but like I said, follow your instinct. Some birds don't need all that, some do. ;)

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      Elysianphoenix 

      6 years ago from Belgium

      Hmmm, that's a tough one. Purple is generally a sign of a young male. Light blue is a sign of a female. Beige is also a sign of a female that is not in the breeding time. Could you provide a clear picture of the cere? I might be able to tell with greater certainty then. At this point I would guess at female, but like I said, I can't be fully sure without a picture...

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      Elysianphoenix 

      6 years ago from Belgium

      Thank you! :) Happy to have helped!

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      Elysianphoenix 

      6 years ago from Belgium

      If your budgie is very very young, it can have a blackish streak on its beak. This will go away when it matures. It's really the cere you need to look at. The beak will tell you nothing. It sounds like a female. :)

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