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

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Question New Budgies Uncertain of Sexes

Hello everyone!

We recently brought two sweet budgies home. I haven't had one in years and didn't realize there were so many different genetic mutations. At Petsmart I was certain we had 2 males. Then I got home and began searching their colors, discovering that I may not have two males. Yikes, I'm so confused!

Any ideas of the gender of our new babies? Also, is our white one a fallow?

I appreciate any help you can give. We want to name them, but are waiting until we figure this all out.

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Old 06-07-2018, 10:27 PM
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The yellow pied is a male but the white could be a female. Photos should be in natural daylight (no flash). A young female's cere usually becomes pale blue with more white around the nostrils. (although in this photo, may be due to the lighting brightness here).
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Thank you so much. No flash on the photo, however my daylight lamp was on. I use it for when I'm working on artwork so I see true colors. They were a bit away from it, but maybe still too close. They are both so darn adorable and have already learned "up-up" means to step up on our hands!
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Hi Cathleen and to Talk Budgies

It would be best if you could post another picture of the budgie's ceres taken in natural light.
From the picture posted, I believe your white pied is a female and the yellow a male.

As such, you'll need to be especially vigilant and do everything necessary to discourage breeding.

Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a day will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.

When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.

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Hi Cathleen and to the forums!

To me they actually look like both males! However, as mentioned, photos taken in natural daylight will reduce the glare and let us see the ceres without being washed out

Both budgies are adorable. The green one is a light green dominant pied budgie while the white is a recessive pied budgie

You've been given great resources above to stay updated on the very best of budgie care practices! If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We hope to see you and your little ones around!

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Beautiful birds Cathleen .

As already mentioned, the yellow one is male. The way I see it, the white one can go either way according to that photo. It will be interesting to see additional photos of your white one’s cere. I can see why people are saying female, and I can also see why StarlngWings says possibly male at this point.
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Thank you all for the welcomes and help! I read quite a bit before joining the forum and found the information here incredible!

Here's an updated picture. Hope it helps.
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With all the purple color on the white pied, I'm thinking more a boy now. In the next few months if the color gets lighter especially around the nostril edges then, girl. Maybe a sex neutral name.
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Going by both photos you provided, you do have 2 little boys.

The reason I say this, is that the lighter color on the nostrils just isn’t opaque white enough to be female. There is also a lot of the typical pinkish base color of a young male. Definitely males.
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They look like two little boys to me

Both are gorgeous!
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