I am a new member. I have my budgie for the past 3 years now. When I got him/her, s/he was a little budgie so I wasn't sure about the gender, then the cere turned blue so I thought it was male. Later it changed into a brown cere, but with blue tinge near the nostrils. Please see the attached pics. Does it mean my budgie is a female? Or is it some health issue? S/he is happy bird, flying around all the time, no signs of distress so I believe s/he is a healthy bird.
Do you have a picture of the cere before it began turning brown that you can post? A female's cere can be bluish and turn brown when in breeding condition but will not be the deep blue that a male cere is. There are hormonal reasons that a male's cere will begin turning brown which need to be addressed by an avian vet.
That is definitely a male budgie so you need to have him examined by an Avian Veterinarian for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
If there are no Avian Vets near you, your next best option is an Exotic Pet Veterinarian who has experience dealing with small birds.
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