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Old 03-20-2015, 09:31 PM
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Hello! After having a professional budgie breeder come for a visit, I was quite confused to hear that my 'she' (Tweety) is actually a he!

This is puzzling as my vet seems to think its a she... So do I. So, I am in desperate need of help, as I (obviously) can't have a breeding pair of two males, with the addition of Percy.

On that note, if I find that Tweety IS in fact a she, I know for a fact that Percy is an English Budgie and Tweety is not, she is a normal budgie.

Will this affect breeding, or is it alright?

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From what I can see Tweety does look like a boy. But we'd need a close, frontal picture of the cere in natural lighting to tell for sure.
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From what I can see Tweety does look like a boy. But we'd need a close, frontal picture of the cere in natural lighting to tell for sure.
Oooh, thats going to be tough. See, Tweety never comes out of her cage, and natural lighting is not very good in the room I keep my budgies. It has a slight, but it isn't the best..
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Looks like a boy to me
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So, what colour cere do boys have? My budgie male has a very light blue, and Tweety is a pinkish brown colour, so I assumed female.
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females have white ceres or white with a light blue ring on it. I believe when they get into condition it turns tan. Boys will be blue all over the cere. I think even if its a light blue if it covers the whole cere it is a boy. The photo you provided looks more of a light purple all over the cere thats why i thought male, but if you say its tan then it just may be a girl. I would try to post a better picture. I hope cutelittlebirdies chimes in for she is the expert, not I. Anyways your bird is beautiful

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Mature, adult females that are not in breeding condition will have a whitish/light blue cere with white around the nostrils. Adult females that are in breeding condition will have tan to crusty brown ceres.
This applies to every color mutation.

Mature adult males have a even coverage of navy blue over the cere that becomes even more saturated in color when in breeding condition.
The exception to this is if your male is recessive pied (like Tweety), Ino, lacewing, etc. In that case, an adult male will keep his immature looking pink/purple cere. It will never turn blue.
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I don't see a tan/white cere, it looks pinkish to me. Better pictures would help us find out. I still see a beautiful boy
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To me, Tweety looks male, based on those pics and with the assumption he's a recessive pied.
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So then, my she is then a she! Thanks for all the help ^.^ I noticed the lighting was terrible so it looked purple, but Tweety has a tan/pink cere! Thanks for the help <3
I think she was saying your bird is a boy your recessive pied looks pink/purple cere. A female with a tan cere the tan will be very crusty and not smooth
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