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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 02-20-2019, 12:48 PM
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The breeder said these babies were both male and I'm pretty sure the pied white one is (?) but I'm thinking the violet one may be female?

P.S. Also, curious thing I've noticed about the violet one, when it's feathers get wet they turn a dark turquoise color (you can see it in the pictures) anyone know why that is?


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To be honest, I'm not totally sure on the violet one still. The pictures you got are great, it's just that at the moment, the colouring of the cere looks very female despite the actual shape of the cere looking very male-like, especially in the shot of her in the cage - it looks very pink there, too.

I'm going with girl based on colouring alone, but honestly I can't be 100% sure.

Also, the turquoise feathers you're seeing are the actual colour of her feathers - she's cobalt sf violet, and violet is a colour adding factor that's mostly iridescence; therefore, when the feathers are wet, the iridescence can't be seen (because feathers are clumped/etc), making them visible in their true pigmented colour.
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From the pictures posted, it looks to me as if the cobalt is a female.
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be honest, I'm not totally sure on the violet one still. The pictures you got are great, it's just that at the moment, the colouring of the cere looks very female despite the actual shape of the cere looking very male-like, especially in the shot of her in the cage - it looks very pink there, too.
Her cere is more purplish than pink (in person) with white around nostrils, which I thought indicated female? Can you tell me what the differences are in the shape of the cere between M/F?


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, the turquoise feathers you're seeing are the actual colour of her feathers - she's cobalt sf violet, and violet is a colour adding factor that's mostly iridescence; therefore, when the feathers are wet, the iridescence can't be seen (because feathers are clumped/etc), making them visible in their true pigmented colour.
That's very cool... and here I was just thinking she was just a plain ole blue bird haha Thanks for explaining
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From the pictures posted, it looks to me as if the cobalt is a female.
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Generally speaking, male ceres are more "rounded" - think very raised and round around the nares, while female ceres tend to be generally "flatter". This isn't always 100% true, of course, but is generally a good indication.

There are always exceptions, and your little one could be! Based on cere colour I still think she's female.
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Generally speaking, male ceres are more "rounded" - think very raised and round around the nares, while female ceres tend to be generally "flatter". This isn't always 100% true, of course, but is generally a good indication.

There are always exceptions, and your little one could be! Based on cere colour I still think she's female.
Thank you for taking the time to help. Here's a short video of her earlier today I thought it might make it easier to tell for sure.

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She's precious Thanks for posting that video! Yes, she is a girl, that helped a lot :thumbs:

What a precious little one!
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She's precious Thanks for posting that video! Yes, she is a girl, that helped a lot :thumbs:

What a precious little one!
Well alright then, that's settled lol Thanks again!

***ETA*** Someone on a FB group called Budgies101 said she thinks my violet could still could be male because of the color of her feet (they are a bluish purple color, not pink like the others) I'd noticed this but thought it was because of her being a cobalt/violet (?) But then I googled it and found this article (see # 2.) Sexing Parakeets (Budgerigars or Budgies).

I know she is only 6 weeks old, so the hormones haven't kicked in yet, but it has me wondering again lol

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Nope, feet colour have nothing to do with it Some of this stuff is just superstition My grandmother once tried to tell me that the colour of a budgie's tongue determined if it would ever talk
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