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About Cere Color in Young Budgies


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By request, I went through the archives :D and found some fairly good pictures that show the cere color in very young birds. This is only to illustrate one way I could tell the different sexes in my birds, but it should give you a fair idea of possible cere colors when trying to sex a young bird. All these were taken between 4 and 8 weeks.

 

I won't even make you guess.... :)

 

Female

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Female

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left to right - Female, Female, Male

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Male

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Male

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back to front - Female, Female, Male, Female

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Female

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left to right - Female, Male

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very nice Rainbow I hope this help folks around here a lot :)

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Guest Imotive

Wow this is an amzing post thatk you sooo much now I knkow that my new bird is....A MALE!!!!

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thanks for that i think i am pretty confident about sexing them now which is good bacause i'll be picking out my new budgie(s) soon, i guessed them all right except this one

 

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I thought it was female, because of the white round the nostrils.. or was that just relection?

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Guest Jess*

Thanks Rainbow, those pictures were very helpful. I'm like really hoping that I'll be able to pick out a male. Keep your fingers crossed! :)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Those pictures were really helpful Rainbow.

 

Jess, are you getting your bird from a pet shop or a breeder. If you can get one from a breeder they should be able to pick a male for you.

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Guest BUUZBEE

Thanks rainbow, i think i have a ton of males???

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Basically the girls have a purple cere and the boys have a pink cere

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no, not really. The male usualy has a white ring in the nostrils.

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What? :mellow: I thought that males had translucent pinky purple ceres as babies and girls had pinky blue with white rings around nostrils?

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  • 3 weeks later...

I think adam meant it the other way. :P

Females will have the white ring. Most all babies will have a purplish cere at hatch, which gradually changes shade as they age, males to blue (or pink with recessive or double factor dominant pieds and albino/lutinos) females to light blue, to white, to tan, finally to brown.

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