I've had my albino parakeet for a few years now. We found this little bird outside, so I have very little information about age, etc. Normally the cere is a soft, light pink, but today it's dark and crusty. I've been reseraching the condition and I don't see any other signs of mites, but I'm still worried. To be honest I've been under the impression that my budgie is a boy, but if it's breeding condition, I guess that changes things. Please let me know what you think...
Do you have older photos of your budgie so that we can see how the cere looked like then? It's important to accurately determine your budgie's gender to rule out a potential hormonal problem in case your budgie is a male.
Male albinos mostly have a solid deep pink colour on the cere (with no hint of white), there is also a translucent, see through quality.
Female budgies when not in breeding condition will have mainly whitish or creamy white ceres. As they start to get into condition, the cere progressively gets tanner till reaching a dark brown colour.
From that photo only, the cere has a normal and healthy colour for a female budgie. The beak is also normal and there are no signs of mites.
RIP sweet Tito (Summer 2008 - January 17th 2013).
You are missed and never will be forgotten.
Thank you aluz! Attached is a photo from over 3 years ago when I fist got her/him. You'll see the cere was a purplish/blue. Then a photo from more recently where you'll see the cere is a light pink. The cere changed colors about a year and a half ago.
sorry heres the pic with the pink cere. it didnt attach properly before...
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I agree with aluz. It's important to take your darling little boy to an Avian Vet to determine the cause of the hormonal issue and discuss treatment options.
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what a gorgeous little boy you have there, Aluz has given you excellent advice your little budgie could have some sort of hormonal problem or something else that needs to be investigated by an avian vet please let us know how things go at the vet soon.
Thank you to you all. I just wanted to let you know that I took Daisy to the vet this past Saturday, 10/17. Now we're waiting to hear back about the blood test results. The vet was relatively certain that Daisy is a girl in breeding condition - which is of course good news, but we will need to wait for the test results to be sure.
As of yesterday, the cere looks much less dark - more of a yellow-y pink now.
P.S. Here's another old pic I discovered the other day. You can see the pink cere more clearly here.
A new, not so good update. I've been meaning to post this, but wasn't ready yet... Last Friday we got a call from the vet. Daisy tested negative for all normal bird diseases etc. But Daisy is in fact a boy, with most likely testicular cancer. 2 hours after I got that call, Daisy passed away. I suppose the illness was more advanced than we imagined and Daisy was good at hiding his pain. In this sense it's good that he will not suffer, but I'm still in quite a shock that it all happened so quickly. I wrote a bit of a Daisy's life story post on Friday night if you'd like more details etc. Daisy | Jennifer Nichole Wells
So sorry to hear of Daisy's illness and passing, I was afraid of it being testicular cancer as soon as I saw the pic confirming him as a boy. You say the cere started to change quite while ago and so he did have it a long time before he showed signs of real problems. Sometimes the changes are so gradual and the bird acts normal until one day we look at them and wonder when they started looking like that. He was warm, well fed and safe, loved and comfortable in his last few years... Take comfort in that... RIP Daisy.