How to Tell if a Baby Parakeet Is Male or Female

Struggling to identify the gender of your baby parakeet? Here is how to tell if a parakeet is a male or female.

Identifying the sex of a baby parakeet can be quite difficult since they experience constant cere color changes as they grow.

They also sometimes exhibit the behavior of the opposite sex which makes the identification even more difficult.

It gets worse as we sometimes place human gender stereotypes on these budgies.

For example, we generally believe that baby parakeets with pink cere are females.

This assumption is based on the human association of the color ‘pink’ to the female species.

Well, with budgies, this doesn’t work that way.

The reverse is the case as a ‘pink’ cere doesn’t necessarily mean a girl, and ‘blue’ cere doesn’t necessarily mean a boy.

Nonetheless, if you are on the lookout for the right budgie looks and behaviors, it shouldn’t be very difficult to tell the difference.

How to tell if a baby parakeet is a boy or girl

1. Look at the cere

A popular way to tell if a baby parakeet is a male or female is by looking at the color of its cere. A baby male parakeet has a light pink or purple cere, while a baby female parakeet has a light blue-whitish cere with white rings around the nostrils.

The cere is the top patch of their beaks.

It is a lot easier to distinguish between adult male and female parakeets as the adult male has a blue cere which is usually a dark royal blue.

The adult female has a whiter cere which turns brown slowly as they mature.

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Be warned that there can be quite a few subtle differences here.

Young males have a slightly darker cere, as their pink or purple tinge darkens the color a bit compared to females who have a blue or white cere.

It is also a challenge to sex very young budgies that are less than 8 weeks old because they all tend to have pink ceres that change as they grow.

This means that the characteristics (cere color) that help identify your budgie’s gender usually begin to show by 8 weeks.

Also, where you are experiencing mixed or contradicting colors with your budgie’s cere, it is most likely a female!

2. Look at the behavior

According to renowned pet bird information website Wavian, some parakeet habits can help you determine the gender of your bird. 

Male budgies are generally calmer and more social than females. 

While females can be extremely charming, they are more bossy, aggressive, and territorial towards strangers.

This is due to their natural desire to build and protect their nest. 

Females are also more likely to chew on items. 

Males also talk a lot more than females. Only a few hens talk as much as the males.

Males are also more social as they are more likely to form close bonds with their peers.

Females on the other hand rarely have a female best friend.

Males are more likely to interact with humans, sing and bob their heads while females chirp loudly rather than sing.

Note that these behaviors are not a conclusive method for gender identification since some females are just as manly as the male and vice versa.

Nonetheless, they can give you a greater sense of confidence in your decision.

3. DNA test

This is the best way to be 100% sure of your baby parakeet’s gender.

An avian vet, who specializes in birds, can determine your parakeet’s gender with absolute certainty.

Using feathers or a toenail, the vet can get a small amount of blood from the bird to test its DNA.

If the results finally come in, you will be able to tell for sure if your parakeet is a male or a female.

Conclusion

As budgie owners, we sometimes wonder what the gender of our baby parakeet is to help us know how to care for them better.

This then prompts us to read all we could about budgie behaviors, looks (cere), and so on to identify those characteristics distinct to each gender.

While all of these may be very useful in helping you make the distinction, visiting a vet remains the best way to be 100% sure.

To the best of the author’s knowledge, this article is accurate and true. It is not intended to replace a veterinary medical professional diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice. Birds showing signs and symptoms of discomfort should be taken to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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