02-12-2010, 03:24 AM
Telling the Gender of Young Budgies
We get a lot of questions about young budgies' genders here so I decided to make this rough guide for easy reference
Telling the gender of baby budgies is possible as early as 4 or 5 weeks. I have provided pictures of my own budgies as fledglings to show the differentiation between the two sexes.
Male baby budgies have translucent purpley pink ceres whereas females tend to have bluish/purplish ceres with a hint of white around the nostrils.
This is Smore at 4 and half weeks. He is a male of the normal variety. As he gets older, he will get a deep blue cere.
This is Mocha at 4 and half weeks as well. She is a female. Note that all females obtain a tan/brown cere regardless of the variety.
This is a picture of the two together to show the distinction. Notice how white colouring around Mocha's cere does not appear around Smore's. In addition, her cere is quite pale in comparison to Smore's.
NOTE: Another rule to sexing male budgies that may come in handy is that certain varieties keep their baby coloured ceres. These mutations are inos (albino, lutino, creamino), recessive pieds, dark eyed clears, fallow and lacewings. Females will always eventually get a brown cere.
This is BonBon at 5 weeks old. He is a recessive pied, therefore he will maintain that deep purple cere even as an adult.