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: How to tell the age of your bird


i love Budgie
11-07-2010, 10:35 AM
vDo you know how to tell your bird age?? Not to worry you can learn here :D

None of these ways are completly accurate however they give a rough idea of how to tell the age of your bird.

The eyes

The eyes in most mutations when young will be a pure black colour and then towards maturity they will begin to turn grey until they are very light grey at 8 months old. In mutations such as: Lutino, Albino, Lacewing and Fallow These will always have red/pink eyes and mutations such as: Recessive Pied and Dark-Eyed Clear will always have dark, black eyes.

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/i_iris2-1.jpg
The eyes iris is pure black meaning the bird is 0-4 months old.

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The eyes iris is very dark grey meaning the bird is 4-6 months old.

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/Untitledgfhgjf.png
The eyes iris is medium grey meaning the bird is 6-8 months old.

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/Untitledgfhg.png
The eyes iris is very light grey meaning the bird is 8 months or over.

Cap feathers

The cap feathers of the bird in young birds around 0-4 months will have black lines from their cere to the top of their head when they mature at 4 months or above the lines will disapper from the cere. In mutations such as: Lutino, Albino and Recessive Pied they do not have the head markings therefore can not be told their age this way.

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/Untitled-6.png
The cap feathers still have the black lines to the cere which means the bird is below 4 months old.

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/Untitled1-3.png
The cap feathers have no lines from the cere which means the bird is above 4 months old.

The cere

The cere in young bird around 0-4 months old will be purple/pink in males and blue with white rings around the nostrils in females and when they mature they will have a light/dark blue or dark brown/tan cere depending on gender at 4 months and over. Mutations such as: Pieds, Albino, Lutino and Fallows who will always have a white or pink/purple cere

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/11.jpg or http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/1.jpg
This is a young bird cere meaning the bird is 0-4 months old

http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/Untitled-7.png or http://i891.photobucket.com/albums/ac120/XxBudgiesxX/100_2095.jpg
This is a old birds cere meaning the bird is 4 months or over. Also female birs over 4 months can have a blue cere with white rings.

ID bands

ID bands are the most accurate way out of them all to tell a birds age. Regardless mutation.

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How do you read leg bands? Viset here - http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww5eiii.htm

Pictures from = http://www.****************/age.html

CaptainHowdy
11-07-2010, 11:19 AM
I have to disagree on the bands being 100% accurate. It all depends if they are put on correctly, I know some people who use any bands on their birds regardless of what year it says, if they are used correctly then yes they will be accurate if not it's still a guessing game lol.

Also this sentance just stops:
The cere in young bird around 0-4 months old will be purple/pink and when they mature they will have a blue or brown cere depending on gender at 4 months and over. Mutations such as: Pieds, Albino, Lutino and Fallows

Again this is not 100% accurate as I have a hen who is coming up to a year now and still has her 'baby Cere', it has never gone brown.

i love Budgie
11-07-2010, 11:22 AM
I have to disagree on the bands being 100% accurate. It all depends if they are put on correctly, I know some people who use any bands on their birds regardless of what year it says, if they are used correctly then yes they will be accurate if not it's still a guessing game lol.

Also this sentance just stops:
The cere in young bird around 0-4 months old will be purple/pink and when they mature they will have a blue or brown cere depending on gender at 4 months and over. Mutations such as: Pieds, Albino, Lutino and Fallows

Again this is not 100% accurate as I have a hen who is coming up to a year now and still has her 'baby Cere', it has never gone brown.

I have changed it but I think they have not gone brown because they are not in condition. Are they tan?

CaptainHowdy
11-07-2010, 11:27 AM
I have changed it but I think they have not gone brown because they are not in condition. Are they tan?

No she still has her baby cere, it is blue with white rings around the nares. Truist me lol it has never gone brown. Not in the slightest turned into her adult cere yet. Shes not the first one either, one of my older hens ceres don't change till she was 6 months, one of the cocks bird I had kept his purple cere till he was about 7 months. All depends on the bird.


Also I'm a bit confused by what you mean when you say Lacewings, Fallows etc only get white cere, are you meaning the hens? I know cock bird stay purpleish but hens still get brown ceres.

i love Budgie
11-07-2010, 11:30 AM
No she still has her baby cere, it is blue with white rings around the nares. Truist me lol it has never gone brown. Not in the slightest turned into her adult cere yet. Shes not the first one either, one of my older hens ceres don't change till she was 6 months, one of the cocks bird I had kept his purple cere till he was about 7 months. All depends on the bird.


Also I'm a bit confused by what you mean when you say Lacewings, Fallows etc only get white cere, are you meaning the hens? I know cock bird stay purpleish but hens still get brown ceres.

None of these ways are completly accurate therefore that would explain your case. I have now added that in the top in red. Also the fallow thing is what you said :)

Rachael1986
11-07-2010, 11:40 AM
Young females have a light blue cere, with white around the nostrils, whereas males have a purple and blue cere. Females cere's only change to a crusty brown when they are in breeding condition, otherwise they are the light blue and white or a tan colour. This is a helpful thread but you need better cere photos for the different sexes.

This is a young females cere, she was approximately 5-6 months old when I took this:

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This is a young males cere:

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This is the same male at about 3 years old:

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Feel free to use these to update this post :)

i love Budgie
11-07-2010, 11:42 AM
Young females have a light blue cere, with white around the nostrils, whereas males have a purple and blue cere. Females cere's only change to a crusty brown when they are in breeding condition, otherwise they are the light blue and white or a tan colour. This is a helpful thread but you need better cere photos for the different sexes.

This is a young females cere, she was approximately 5-6 months old when I took this:

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This is a young males cere:

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This is the same male at about 3 years old:

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Feel free to use these to update this post :)

Thanks for the pictures, I will update now :)


I that better?

CaptainHowdy
11-07-2010, 11:45 AM
None of these ways are completly accurate therefore that would explain your case. I have now added that in the top in red. Also the fallow thing is what you said :)

Looking good :)

nev90
11-08-2010, 05:03 AM
An old female can have a light blue cere with white around the nostrils just the same as a young one. All these signs only apply to immature birds, once a bird is mature it is almost impossible to tell the age unless it is very old

Robo Hip
11-08-2010, 09:10 AM
All great info Amberlea, I would just make sure you make the right references to the information you have used, especially if pics/info is taken from other sites as it can cause problems with the original author :)

stacey101
11-08-2010, 09:19 AM
Also ( sorry :o ) recessive pieds do get the baby bars ;) So you can tell their age this way.

Baby Chibi-Chibi ..Recessive pied.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1966/158/43/678945351/n678945351_5351430_984.jpg