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Determining Gender Having trouble figuring out if your budgie is a male or female? Ask here!
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This is Percy now he is 7 months old



This is baby Percy on the right


I have noticed in the last couple of weeks that the cere is pink with sort of a peach cast to it and I am wondering if he is actually a she. I had a recessive pied in the past and his cere stayed nice and pink his entire life, this looks different and I can't get a good picture in natural light as he freaks when I get too close with the camera or phone. Percy's behavior is also more like the reputation of some female budgies, bossy, nippy, and territorial. With Percy's mutation if he is a she will the cere eventually turn the color of a typical female cere?

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Wow, what a drastic change in color! In the baby pic “he” appears male, but the 7 month old pic really looks like a female.

I know that with my male before he was fully mature, his cere would show a whiteish/light blue color in pics, and you’d swear he was female, but now that he’s mature he’s obviously a male.

Was this more recent pic in natural lighting? Does the cere appear to be a chalky whitish light blue in person? If so... Priscilla. If the cere looks mainly like a waxy pinkish color, then you can keep his name Percy.

I understand it’s hard to get pics with fast moving skittish birds. If you have a female, it doesn’t matter what mutation it is. Females ceres are the same regardless. It’s the males that have some exceptions. You should know for sure within several months!
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Wow, what a drastic change in color! In the baby pic he appears male, but the 7 month old pic really looks like a female.

I know that with my male before he was fully mature, his cere would show a whiteish/light blue color in pics, and youd swear he was female, but now that hes mature hes obviously a male.

Was this more recent pic in natural lighting? Does the cere appear to be a chalky whitish light blue in person? If so... Priscilla. If the cere looks mainly like a waxy pinkish color, then you can keep his name Percy.

I understand its hard to get pics with fast moving skittish birds. If you have a female, it doesnt matter what mutation it is. Females ceres are the same regardless. Its the males that have some exceptions. You should know for sure within several months!

The picture was not taken in natural light. I guess the next couple of months will tell. In person his cere seems to be turning from pink to more of a peach color so if that progresses to tan then I guess he is a she??? There is no evidence of whitish blue at all.
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From the young baby pic, that really says male. The more recent pic, I think the lighting might be making the cere look a little bit light blue like a young female, but it doesn’t have as much white as you’d expect from a female. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m pretty confident you have a BOY. I won’t go betting money though, but hypothetically I would
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