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Sex Of Budgie

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I was wondering if someone could help me figure out once and for all the gender of this budge. This budgie is the bully I referenced in my other post "failure to thrive." When we got him, his cere was completely pink. As time has gone on, however, I've noticed a lot of white around the nostrils depending upon lighting and if he has been flying. Now I'm not so sure. He is about 8 months old and his cere is still pink. Our other male budgies' ceres had started turning blue by this time. If he is male, is this due to his particular coloration? I'm assuming some kind of pied but not sure on what type or coloration. Thanks!

 

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I would say male but I'm no expert... anyway he/she is a very pretty bird :)

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He is a male. He is a recessive pied, and they don't get blue ceres. The male will retain the baby pink color for life. Don't be concerned about a little white around the nostrils. That's very common. The white would have to be pervasive over most of the cere to be a female. Plus, a female will have gone into breeding condition by 8 months old, and you would have seen the cere turn to brown, then crusty, and then flake back off to white/light blue. He's gorgeous, by the way, and has nice size and shape to him, for a pet type.

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