How to Determine the Sex of a Budgie
Is Your Budgie Male or Female?
To start off, a budgie is also known as a parakeet, or budgerigar, and they belong to the parrot family. Many budgie owners never know whether their budgie is male or female, and thankfully it's very easy to identify between the different sexes! Have a look at the photos of my birds and you will see that it is easy.
Identifying Male Budgies
The nose just above the beak is called a "cere". Male budgies have ceres that are blue. The shade and intensity of the colour of the cere can vary from bird to bird. The colour can be an indicator of how healthy the birds is, or of the current hormone levels. When a budgie is in the mood to mate the colour of his cere will change.
Identifying Female Budgies
The cere of a female budgie is not so pretty as the males. The colour and even the texture of the female's cere will change do to her hormone levels, health, and whether she is wanting to mate. When mature, females will have a cere that is a brownish colour. When she is ready to breed it can become thicker and crusty looking. So don't be too worried if your female budgie's cere starts to look very unappealing and crusty - it's normal. Young females will have pale blue ceres with white around the nostrils.
Bird Toys for Budgies
eBay and Amazon have great prices on bird toys and huge selection of all kinds. Parrots love toys that they can chew on, that have bells, and especially toys with mirrors. Budgies will often sing to the "budgie" they see in the mirror and it can keep them company.
Birds, in general, have better eyesight than humans and they can even see colours that we can't. So choosing a wide selection of colourful toys will be entertaining to your bird. Sometimes I have found that certain colours that my birds were not use to would scare them at first, so it's important to introduce birds with lots of colours.