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How to Determine the Sex of a Budgie

Updated on August 6, 2014
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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.


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      Jill Spencer 5 years ago from United States

      Although the males are brighter, the females are pretty too. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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      Servant of God YHWH 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very informational hub. I have a male and female budgies, and I love the way they merrily chirp and talk to each other until the male starts screeching to the point that he drives me insane (lol).

      If I turn on a faucet, he begins to screech. If I talk on the phone he hates it and begins to screech, and if I decide to take a nap on my recliner and if he sees me, he'll screech really loud. Why does he do that? Is that his unique personality or do they all share the same personality traits?

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      Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

      Great Hub! Made me think of the budgies I had as a teenager. I loved their companionship and I had a lot of fun with them. Thanks for sharing and combining it with these excellent pictures:-)

      Voted up, beautiful, useful and interesting!

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      What happy memories these pictures and your text bring back to me.

      My father bred budgerigars and had three large aviaries and many breeding cages. We lived in West Australia which is the birthplace of these beautiful little birds, so the weather was perfect for them. I love the sky lutino in the front of your video... he's very beautiful.

      I loved the grey ones. It is a stunning variation.

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      Joel Durant 5 years ago from Canada

      Budgies make great pets. If you have a couple of them they always seem to be happy and enjoying themselves.

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      nc 5 years ago

      Budgies are the best ever

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