How to Identify Your Bird’s Sex


If you just got a budgie, you may want to
determine its sex. Learn which colors signify a male or female
budgie. You can also watch your budgie’s behavior
or listen to it to determine the sex. If you’re still having trouble, remember you
can always consult your veterinarian or the breeder that sold you the budgie. Using Color to Identify Sex
The cere is a fleshy covering which is located directly above its beak. The budgie’s nostrils are found on the cere
(they look like two in-depth holes) making the cere easy to find. While most budgie’s beaks are a yellowish
color, the cere is a certain color depending on the bird’s sex. Most male budgies in the breeding mood have
a bright or royal blue cere. Sometimes, the vibrant color can appear purple-blue. This color will lighten when the budgie is
not in the breeding mood. If you’ve identified your budgie as male and
notice his cere turn brown, he may have a medical condition. A female adult budgie’s cere is usually a
white or pale blue. As she becomes more fertile and ready to produce
eggs, the cere will become a darker tan or brownish in color. If the budgie is fertile and ready to breed,
you may also notice the cere thicken and become crusty. The cere build up can be about a centimeter
thick. Consider the age of your budgie. If your budgie is less than 4 months old,
it will have immature colors respective to their sex. Before this time, the colored area that shows
sex will be pink or purple on a male and white or pale blue on a female. If your budgie hasn’t had its first molt,
has dark button eyes, and has bars coming from its head to cere, then it’s less than
four months old. If your budgie is immature or less than 4
months old, the cere on males will slowly turn deep blue and females will keep white
or pale blue before showing tan. Understand the challenges of using color to
identify the sex. In addition to changes in color based on breeding
mood, a budgie’s cere may change for a number of other reasons. Female budgies may have hormonal imbalances
that display a light blue cere for a long time or their environment may not be suitable
for breeding. Some budgies have genetic mutations that show
color differently in males. Recessive pieds and INO (albino, lutino and
yellow face albino) variety males will have a pink cere as well as a few other mutations. For example, male albino budgies will have
a pink cere color. Identifying the Sex Using Other Methods
Males are known for being much noisier than female budgies. They will chirp or sing and the songs can
be quite long. While female budgies make sounds too, they
usually sound angry and less musical. However females can be just as cheerful just
as males may be grouchy. Males are also quick learners when it comes
to speaking though a female can learn to talk as well. Male budgies frequently bob their heads up
and down or tap their beaks against their cage. They’ll appear playful and outgoing. Female budgies may seem more aggressive if
they’re in the mood to breed, subdued, or if they’re fertile. You may notice a male budgie tap against a
female and regurgitate food to her. Don’t worry. This is normal bonding behavior and will occur
between same sex pairs, too. When you buy your budgie from the breeder
or dealer, ask the budgie’s sex, though be aware not all breeders are informed, especially
if colony breeding. Don’t forget that you can ask your veterinarian
to determine the sex of the budgie. This will be easier if the vet is familiar
with treating birds.

100 thoughts on “How to Identify Your Bird’s Sex

  1. I have a 2 budgies and there both boys but I have a budgie and my bugie has a pinkish nose but he's a boy HELP ME if it's a boy, ?????

  2. I have a male and a female, the female's cere has been brown ever since she matured, I don't recall seeing it pale blue at all

  3. I’m having a problem with one of my bird gender when I first got it it was a boy but then the snout started turning pink! Can anyone help me figure out what gender it is?

  4. This video helped me to identify my birds sex.thanks!! Please see my video on my channel and subscribe, or can you give a comment to my any of the video

  5. I had a pair (Male and Female), the male name is Rico and female Rio
    And Rico would always try to mate with Rio, but she would always Reject him
    It was funny seeing him trying his best and then get rejected
    But anyways they were good friends!

  6. my friend got got a budgie but it's clearly a boy the ?cera? is all royal blue and brunos pet shop
    said ut is a GIRL
    HOW much do they know about budgies?

    Oh my lord

  7. Look dude, if you put "How to identify your bird's sex" in your video title and only talk about budgies is rude. If you put that title, everyone expects you to talk about parrots more than budgies like lovebirds (especially ones like Fischer and Peach-faced), macaws, cockatiels and others especially the birds that look the same despite the gender

  8. How to tell if ur Budgie is a baby: It’s cheeks will be fluffier, it will have black on the bottom of its beak and beady circle eyes that will be completely black for a while.

  9. I have a male budgie now for five years. When I bought him, there was a female also. A year later, the female poked at one of the male's eye, causing blindness in that one eye. a year later she died. I got another female, hoping they would breed. The female turned out to be extremely mean to the male, so I found her a home. The male never showed affection to either bird. My question is, why? And why the females were mean to the male? He is still happy and healthy, but old now.

  10. I've been studying on budgie Ceres and gender for a while I also want to note that males can have pink Ceres but if it dose not have a white circle around its nostril it is not a male

  11. What do I do if I have a male because it's cere is blue, but it is not noisy and has plenty of toys but dosnt normally play he's 3 months old

  12. my "male" is more quiet but when he chirps its like a song. my "fimale" is more talkative and when she chirps is more loud and it sounds more like chhhh, chhhh! when they where separate she hit her beak ageist the cage. the pet store worker seyd she was around 3 months. here cere is kinda pink with that white kinda powder blue circles around the nostrils. my male has a pinkish purple cere with lots of blue spots so im guessing he is turning into his big boy cere color? my fimale is more active. im gonna post a video about them soon so please check it out.

    please help.

  13. I just bought a budgie, cuz I felt bad for it, it was just sitting alone and is in bad condition. I ask the store owner if it's a Male. He said yes, I also ask if its young. I dont really know what's the sex of the budgie or if it's old or not. Can someone tell me how to I identify the sex and age? I'm having doubts that the budgie a bought is Male. I was looking and asked for a nearby vet that also specialises on birds but they only check on cats and dogs I even asked them if they know a vet that specialises on birds but unfortunately it's somewhere far away.

  14. So helpful because recently I got two parakeets/budgies and my family kept arguing about the gender (we adopted them from a shelter and they said that one was a boy and the other was a girl). And I quickly looked up this video and and showed it to my family and then they realized that they are both boys. I had told them that they are both boys but they didn’t listen. Anyways thanks ?

  15. I have a female budgie named Ivory Mea but I call her Ivy for short. When I was going through names and got to Ivy she gave what sounded like a chirp of approval and would respond to the name and so she became Ivy ? she's my little angel.

  16. I have a friend who has a pretty good amount of birds. One time I've asked how he could tell the sex of the birds and he said that you gotta blow on them down there to see if it's a male. Is this true or is he bullshitting

  17. I have Shichang(my budgie name)Its 1month and 2weeks old. And its my first time to have budgie?. I love your videos? its help me a lot.. but still i dont knw if Shichang is male or female?.thank you for your great videos.

  18. I have one budgie with a light blue and white cern and also a budgie with a dark blue cern. What are the genders I got my birds at petco and I cant tell the genders

  19. Omg…. I made a HUGE mistake…. I bought a lutino budgie and in the store they told me it was a female… I now watched this and realized that it is a male and my other budgie is a female…. 0_0 is it ironic to name a male budgie Chica?
    (chica in Spanish means girl)
    And my female budgie
    (thought was male)
    I named her Sans
    (male character from undertale)
    I messed this up ? I can't change their names…. So he's Chica
    (omg this sounds wrong)
    And she is Sans
    (I'm sorry to all undertale fans this is genderswap Sans)

  20. My budgie has a white and light blue and like it’s really aggressive and like my other one doesn’t talk that much and is usually really quiet

  21. yes, the Avian Vet will tell you for sure if you have a male or female, BUT….it will cost you anywhere from $45 to $100 to find out through a DNA blood droplet test. Got money ? $$$$$$

  22. I just got two parakeets and were told they were a male and female one had a pink cere and the other one has a purple cere with a white and a bit of a light blue ring around it do you know if they are in fact male and female

  23. Please help. I have a white parakeet (is NOT an albino) is a white parakeet. I was told it was a male. But I noticed, it has a light blue cere and I know females have brown or light blue ceres! I just don't how true this is for white parakeets! Is is possible to have a white parakeet with a light blue cere?

  24. My new budgie is much shorter tired and seems to be smaller than the male counterparts they think it's a female is the table the way to be able to tell

  25. i have a male budgie and his name is Ari he is currently depressed but i tried a blanket to cover his cage and a mirror to calm him down until next month when i get a female

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