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Determining Gender Having trouble figuring out if your budgie is a male or female? Ask here!

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My parakeet is about 17 months old. My budgie's cere is neither blue nor brown ..Confused. pls help.Is the budgie a girl or a boy?Confused about the gender of my budgie. Please help-20180226_162240_1519656944595.jpgClick image for larger version

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Old 02-26-2018, 02:35 PM
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Has your budgie's cere ever turned crusty or brown? At 17 months this should have happened already if you have a female who has reached maturity. If not, good chance it's a male. But I'd wait for one of the admins to weigh in, don't take my word for it
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No, my budgie's cere has never turned brown nor crusty.
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Looks like a little female to me.
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The cere in those photos looks quite light but I think that might just be the bright lighting.
The non-blue part does appear to have a pinkish tinge to it.

My budgies have similar part blue/ part pink ceres; I think that yours may also be male and maybe there is some recessive pied in there, holding back the full male blue colour.
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Are you able to post some more pictures, maybe in more natural light?
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Here’s a recent photo of my two boys (a little older than your bird):



They both had the most obvious uniform pinkish purple coloured ceres as babies!
Zoom in and compare to your bird.
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I have added new photos of my budgie in natural light. I hope it helps to identify ?

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Oh yeah I can see the pink now. JRS is right, it's a male. Marbled pink and blue is typical of dominant pied males.

I suggest you read through all the stickies and articles on the forum.

I also recommend replacing the plastic perches with some natural perches of varying widths. More info in this link.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/housing-b...reat-cage.html
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Hi there

I agree, from the photos he appears to be male. The mottled cere appearance is due to his recessive pied heritage; I would say his mutation looks to be either recessive or combination pied

He's very sweet iHeartPieds has given some great recommendations to improve his cage!
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