HAMILTON & DISTRICT BUDGERIGAR SOCIETY INC.

SEXING THE BUDGERIGAR


See this page for pictures showing the differences of a baby to an adult.
Female birds have a brownish cere which can also be anywhere from tan, light grey or pink and can be white to pearl colored while under 5 weeks. The female can also have a blue cere but it will have a white ring around it. When in breeding condition the females cere can turn very dark brown and very wrinkled. The males have a blue cere which is always a solid color and may turn darker blue when in breeding condition and can be pink while under 5 weeks old. Younger birds up 5 to 6 weeks old have the lines down the forehead of the bird, and the eye is entirely black (except for albinos). As the bird matures the lines receed on the forehead. An older male Budgies cere can turn brown with age. Albinos and Lutinos are harder to sex since the colors are paler but the females cere will be a nut or dark brown when she is in breeding condition. This should be distinguishable from a male Lutino or Albino. Some birds do not mature fully until 6 months while most are near 3 or 4 months. At 3 to 5 months they go through their 1st moult.

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