Female parakeets are special and unique in looks, behavior, and sounds when compared to male parakeets. Here is everything you need to know about the female parakeet.
Despite the similarities, the female parakeet is different from the male parakeet due to its unique looks, behavior, and sounds.
With this, there is a need for a personalized understanding of the female gender.
This article intends to give you everything you need to know about the female parakeet to help you understand how best to treat them differently.
What Is a Female Budgie Called?
A female budgie is called a hen. This name also applies to a baby female parakeet. The male budgie on the other hand is called a cock.
Female Parakeet Behavior
Generally, the behavior of a female parakeet is not very different from a male parakeet.
Just like the male, they can chatter, feed, and socialize.
However, female parakeets tend to be more aggressive and less outgoing.
They are not as friendlier as the male parakeet as they are more bossy and temperamental.
They quack more, and their voice sounds much louder and shrill than the male.
In 99% of cases, aggressive outbursts are caused by food, personal space, or mating.
During the mating season particularly, they can be even more aggressive and territorial.
Their display of aggression can happen any time of the year as “the season” can occur any time of the year, especially for parakeets in captivity.
The aggressive behavior during this period is usually a result of rising hormones, and a typically calm hen may suddenly attack your fingers.
During these hormonal periods, its beak isn’t any sharper than usual, so there’s little risk of bloodshed.
Usually, these episodes last between three to six weeks.
Female Parakeet Sound
Although female parakeets are capable of making the same budgie noises or whistles as males, they are slower to learn words than their male counterparts.
Younger females have a higher chance of learning to speak than older males.
The male parakeet however remains the best talker.
Female Parakeets Cere
Just like many birds, the color of the parakeet cere is a way of distinguishing gender.
What color is a female parakeet’s cere?
According to World Birds, the female parakeet has a cere that is either white, light tan, or light blue.
The cere of a female parakeet will often change color as it goes through the hormonal fertility cycle.
The cere color of a female parakeet is usually brownish when the bird is in the fertile stage of its hormonal cycle, but it turns pale blue when the bird is infertile or unwell.
It is more difficult to tell a female parakeet’s gender if it’s less than a year old.
The cere of an immature female is normally pale blue, with faint white circles around the nasal openings.
Usually, the cere is white.
The average female parakeet’s cere is dirty brown in hue when fully mature and in good health.
The cere of some female parakeets is brownish in the center and whitish around the edges.
In other birds, the cere is completely brown.
The level of fertility of the bird is said to be indicated by the darkness of the cere’s hue, with the darkest colors indicating the most fertile female.
A female parakeet’s cere takes on a pale bluish tint instead of brown when her hormonal cycle reaches the non-fertile stage.
Female parakeet’s cere can become very pale, even white when in poor health.
Within three to four weeks of healing from the illness, the area will return to its typical brownish color.
The bird may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance if the area remains exceedingly pale for longer than a month.
Female Parakeets Names
When trying to find a suitable name for your little feathered friend, there are so many available options to choose from.
Below you will find a selection of names suitable for female parakeets, with some taking inspiration from their rare parakeet feather color.
Some of these names are inspired by their delicate avian beauty and petite size. Adorable and hilarious suggestions are also included.
· Cher Ami
Can a female parakeet talk?
Female parakeets can talk but not as well as males. Often, they are less chatty than their male counterparts, making it harder for them to learn vocalizations.
The fact that they cannot learn it with the same ease does not mean that they cannot learn it.
They sometimes mimic sounds heard from humans on other animals, such as cat meowing or a dog barking.
How well the female parakeet talks also depend on how close the parakeet is to its owner.
Nonetheless, it will take patience and time for your female pet parakeet to speak.
Where they are not trained properly, they may never learn how to vocalize words or phrases they’ve learned through mimicry.
Can female parakeets sing?
Female parakeets can sing but not as well as the male parakeet. They tend to squawk rather than sing.
When they make noises, they tend to sound angrier than anything that might be mistaken as a song.