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So I have had my two budgies for a month now and I am wondering what sex each of them is. The yellow one is named Lola. I thought Lola was a girl, until I discovered she is a Lutino budgie and that with this mutation the males have a pinkish-purple cere. Now I am stumped.

Whitey is the blue and white budgie. I am fairly certain he is a male, due to the fact that his cere already has a slight bluish tint to it.

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I'm not sure about Lola's gender, but the budgie in the second pic is most likely a girl because the cere is a sky blue and white. You said you thought she was a guy because the budgie has a blue tint to the cere, but male budgies have only dark blue ceres (unless it's an INO mutation, or something). Female budgies that are young or not in breeding condition will have a cere that is sky blue / white wi a blue tinge (and sometime the cere will be tan coloured)
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I'm not sure about Lola's gender, but the budgie in the second pic is most likely a girl because the cere is a sky blue and white. You said you thought she was a guy because the budgie has a blue tint to the cere, but male budgies have only dark blue ceres (unless it's an INO mutation, or something). Female budgies that are young or not in breeding condition will have a cere that is sky blue / white wi a blue tinge (and sometime the cere will be tan coloured)
Thank you for your reply. I had read that male budgies have a blue cere and female budgies have a tan or brown one (mating condition). I just thought that Whitey's cere was going to turn bluer as he grew up. Thanks for the information.
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You're welcome! I'm sure some others will come around who can tell you the other budgies gender
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I think you should change Lola's name to "Lolo"
He is a beautiful little boy! And Whitey is a gorgeous little hen

The funny thing is, males start off (or keep, in the case of a Lutino or Albino) with a pinkish-purple cere, which turns blue later on, and females start off with a whitish-blue cere that turns brown later on!

It's an easy thing to miss Either way, you do have a boy and a girl...just opposite!
Congratulations on your stunning pair
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I think you should change Lola's name to "Lolo"
He is a beautiful little boy! And Whitey is a gorgeous little hen

The funny thing is, males start off (or keep, in the case of a Lutino or Albino) with a pinkish-purple cere, which turns blue later on, and females start off with a whitish-blue cere that turns brown later on!

It's an easy thing to miss Either way, you do have a boy and a girl...just opposite!
Congratulations on your stunning pair
Thank you so much for your reply! That is too funny! Luckily it is still early enough to change Lola's name. I also call him Duckie as a nickname (due to not only his yellow color, but also a duck sound he makes when excited during play), so that may stick. I know my boyfriend will be sad when he finds out Whitey is a boy. She was his "big boy bird". At least now I can try to make him come up with a better name that is suitable for our little hen.

Whitey is much more friendly and inquisitive. Are females usually more social and outgoing, or does personality depend on the individual bird and their life experience?

Lastly, will I have to worry about them breeding later on?
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Thank you so much for your reply! That is too funny! Luckily it is still early enough to change Lola's name. I also call him Duckie as a nickname (due to not only his yellow color, but also a duck sound he makes when excited during play), so that may stick. I know my boyfriend will be sad when he finds out Whitey is a boy. She was his "big boy bird". At least now I can try to make him come up with a better name that is suitable for our little hen.

Whitey is much more friendly and inquisitive. Are females usually more social and outgoing, or does personality depend on the individual bird and their life experience?

Lastly, will I have to worry about them breeding later on?
That's funny

Females are often stereotyped to be grouchy and mean, which is not true at all! I have a hen and she is the sweetest, most inquisitive little bird!
It depends almost entirely on the bird's personality
Also, as long as you never put anything in the cage that could be seen as a nest (cozy huts, coconuts, etc.) then they shouldn't ever have the urge to mate.
You can also limit daylight and rearrange their cage often
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That's funny

Females are often stereotyped to be grouchy and mean, which is not true at all! I have a hen and she is the sweetest, most inquisitive little bird!
It depends almost entirely on the bird's personality
Also, as long as you never put anything in the cage that could be seen as a nest (cozy huts, coconuts, etc.) then they shouldn't ever have the urge to mate.
You can also limit daylight and rearrange their cage often
Thank you very much! You have much budgie wisdom!
I try to rearrange their cage often in order to keep them stimulated so that is great if it will also inhibit them from breeding.
I was going to buy one of those fuzzy hideaways they sell for Duckie (Lola) because he always goes for the blankets when he is out and about, but now I know better than to do so.

I am so glad I found this forum!
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You're welcome

I'm glad you found this forum too! And apart from encouraging breeding, those cozy huts also have fibers that budgies can ingest or get their toes caught in
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I'm glad you found this forum too! And apart from encouraging breeding, those cozy huts also have fibers that budgies can ingest or get their toes caught in
Oh goodness! I am so glad I never bought one.
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