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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 Bugsy, he's albino, red eyes, completely white. I've always called him a he because he's always shown the most interest in one of my female budgies, head bobbing and such, but I've noticed he's not as talkative or energetic as my male budgie. Also there really isn't even a hint of blue in his cere, but that might be because he's albino? Any help would be appreciated.
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An adult albino male will have a pinkish purple colored cere it will not be blue at any time. On my computer the cere in the pictures you posted does not look to have that coloration, in the first 2 pictures you posted it looks as if the bird may have scaly face mites as the cere looks a bit crusty, I cannot see it up close enough to really determine if that is actually the case, in the third picture the cere looks fine, were these pictures all taken at the same time?
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This is a female budgie - not a male.

I agree with Cody.
From the first two pictures it does appear your budgie has scaly-face mites.
The third picture looks to have been taken with the budgie was much younger.

You need to have Bugsy checked by an Avian Vet, properly diagnosed and treated.

Avian Vets have special training to determine the cause of symptoms resulting from illness or trauma.
This is important as "regular" vets will often overlook symptoms that are quickly obvious to an Avian Vet.
When you rely on anyone who has not had training in Avian diagnosis and care, you may be delaying effective treatment.
This can prolong suffering that may be avoidable.
The bird will often require a more intense, prolonged treatment with a poorer chance of full recovery than it would have if you seek prompt professional diagnosis and treatment at the first sign of illness.

If there are no Avian Vets near you, please find an Exotic Pet Veterinarian with experience in dealing with small birds.

It will be important to treat all of your birds if Bugsy does have mites.

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Thanks guys, yes the last picture was taken then Bugsy was younger, I don't have an avian vet specifically near me but there is a good exotics vet not too far away with good reviews from bird owners, I'll call and schedule an appointment. Usually his cere is normal, smooth, but I've noticed it getting kinda crusty twice now, glad someone pointed out that it was a problem before my other birds get the same way
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Crusty is different than what I'm seeing in the pictures. What I see that concerns me are small bumps appearing at the bottom of the cere in the first two pictures.

If Bugsy does have scaly-face mites, all your budgies will need to be treated with the "spot-on" treatment.

With a female budgie, the cere becomes brown and crusty looking when the bird is breeding condition.
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