Post by Die Fledermaus on Jun 13, 2013 16:06:46 GMT -4
To determine parakeet gender yourself, take a look at the cere. It is sometimes possible to identify the gender of a budgie less than twelve months depending on their maturity and coloration.
In normal variety males the cere will be blue or purplish.
If your budgie is recessive pied, fallow, lacewing, lutino, or dark-eyed clear then the cere will be bright purple or ping.
All female budgie varieties develop a white, tan, or brown cere. The brown ceres tend to be flaky and thick.
Some experts also agree that there are some behavior differences between budgie sexes. While this isn’t scientific evidence that they’re either a male or a female it can help in the parakeet gender identification process. Behavior differences include:
-Head bobbing -More Singing -More Active and Social
-Bossy -Louder -Don’t generally sing
Of course every pet store employee will have their opinion and they’re generally inaccurate. Some people will advise to simply look at the band on the leg for identification.
This band is a breeder band and may not represent accurate information on budgie gender. Generally they’re placed on the budgie’s leg a couple days after they’re hatched to identify where the bird came from, not whether they’re a boy or a girl.