I get many questions about whether a budgie is a girl or a boy and so I thought a budgie sexing page would be useful. It will give you the information you need to learn how to tell males from females, boys from girls, cocks from hens Adult budgies as pictured down the right hand side of the page are easier to sex than chicks or fledglings so firstly you need to decide which age group your bird falls into. As chicks most budgie varieties have the barring markings on their head down the forehead to near the cere.
How to Tell Budgie Sexes Apart
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Once a budgie is a few weeks old, you will be able to tell the sex of the bird by looking at its cere the nose and nostril area. Hens sometimes have a light blue cere, when their breeding hormone levels are low. It will also be this colour, or white with just a hint of blue, if the bird is ill. In young hens, the cere is a light blue with white around the nostrils.
Last Updated: March 29, References Approved. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years. There are 14 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
Most bird owners like to know whether their budgies are female or male. Telling an adult budgie's sex is quite simple in most cases. Depending on their colour and mutation and of course depending on their current hormonal balance and current health status telling the sex can be more difficult in some individuals.