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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 07-31-2019, 12:18 PM
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Thanks for the replies!!


The baby male on the left has a little bit of a lighter colour around his nostrils. I've read that in young females, there is usually a whitish colour around the nostrils. In how young of a female would one be able to see this feature? At the age of let's say, just recently having left the nest, would the white nostrils be visible in a young female? Does a lighter colour around the nostrils always indicate a female?
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A lighter color around the nostrils doesn't always mean that the budgie is a female.
When I bred my budgies, one of their chicks had a pink-purple cere that was lighter around the nostrils, similar to your budgie's, and I assumed that the chick was a female. However, the chick was actually a male.

In female budgies, the lighter parts around the nostrils are white and the rest of the cere is usually bluish or pink, not purple.
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Take a look at the information in these links:

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You have a cute little male there.

Regarding the white around the nostrils, Sim is correct. It’s a big misconception that if a young budgie has a bit of white around the nostrils, it’s female. Depending on the individual and probably the mutation, males often have a little white around the nostrils too.

In fact, when my current male was a juvenile, he actually had a good amount of white around the nostrils!

BUT... a female will in most cases, have the white more widespread on the cere, and the rest of it will be either a light blue or pink.
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