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

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Old 01-18-2019, 11:50 AM
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This is Phoebe! She(?) is two months old! I believe she may be female due to the color of her cere being lighter around her nares, but I was wondering what you guys thought. If anyone has any ideas, let me know!
(By the way i'm very new here. I hope i'm doing this right!)
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:45 PM
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Keep in mind, some males have a white ring on the nostrils too. I’ve especially seen it in males of recessive pied like Phoebe. Usually a young female will have much more than just a ring directly around the nostril, and will many times have a chalky looking light blueish white all over the cere.

But, for a more accurate look at the cere we need a photo taken in natural light, such as by a window (not a room light on). If you can give us another pic or two it would be better. Clear, close, front shot, in good natural lighting. From this particular pic, I can’t confidently say that Phoebe is a female.
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I agree with Julie that this looks like a male. The lighting may cause a bit of reflecting white, but the purple-ish bulk of the cere on this mutation, tells me it's a boy.
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My first impression is also male but more accuracy is obtained when a photo is taking in natural light with no flash.

Here is something I wrote about companion bird photography. It was intended for taking photos for a signature but can be utilized for any purpose of bird photography.


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How To Take a Good Photo of Your Bird for a Signature

Bad lighting can ruin what could have been a perfect shot. Don't let it happen to you! Adjust the lighting so that your bird is well-lit in your photos, but take care not to "drown" your bird in light, as it can make the pictures look washed out. If possible, try using natural sunlight in your photos, as it is usually best at highlighting the colors and contours of a bird's plumage. When taking pictures of birds, remember to avoid using the camera's flash whenever possible, as it can frighten and disorient them. Your bird’s natural coloring will show better this way. Try to remember most cell phones do not take a quality photo indoors.

If you can use a tripod or other stand to steady your camera when taking pictures of your feathered friend the quality of your photos will improve almost instantly.

Whenever you take pictures of your bird, be sure to take several shots using window lighting and angles. The more pictures you take, the more good ones you will get!

As they say, “Eyes are the Window to the Soul” and birds eyes can be very expressive. So make sure to focus on your bird's eyes and keep the tack sharp.

It is very important that you bird feels comfortable and at ease. Most important to be at eye level or below for a bird photograph. If your bird is afraid of cameras you can sensitize them to its presence by frequent exposure to cameras.

One of the most difficult things is to let your bird hold still. An easy trick is to let him/her play quietly and, once you have everything ready, let someone call for him or whistle. This will surprise him and caught his attention and you will have a few seconds to capture him/her in a nice and alert posture

In summary:

Avoid using flash and indoor lighting

Use a tripod if you have one or something else to steady your hand

Take multiple shots

Focus on the eyes

Encourage comfort with the use of a camera

Avoid cell phone cameras
Remember signature makers want to show off your bird as much as you do. We can enhance your photo some however we cannot change the quality as much as you can with the original photo.
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My initial impression is that your budgie is male.
If you post a clear, in-focus picture of the cere taken in natural light it will be easier to determine.
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Your little one is a very handsome little boy

I can't wait to see more of him around here!
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