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Determining Gender Having trouble figuring out if your budgie is a male or female? Ask here!

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Hi everyone this is our budgie Rocky, I am convinced he might be female. We have had a male budgie before but Rocky's behaviours are very different from Tyson's and he/ she seems to have a high pitch sweak like he/she is angry. We give Rocky lots of time and attention. What does everyone else think male or female?
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No expert here, but based on from what I've learned here, you can't determine a budgie's gender by behavior. Budgies' behavior can vary a lot, regardless of their gender. I once had two male budgies (now one) who behaved very differently from each other.

Based on your budgie's cere, she is a female.

EDIT: Thanks for the clarification, Aluz. Not an expert on identifying gender. I edited my post to say that she is female.
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Welcome to the forums! You have certainly come to the right place as you will find all you need to know on budgie care here.

By looking at the photos, your Rocky is showing the typical colours for a young, immature female or a female who is currently out of breeding condition.
Behaviour/personality is not a good indicator or gender, the best way to tell is by looking at the cere's colour. And a mainly whitish cere with a bit of light blue colour on the edges indicates female.
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Thank you for your response, I really appreciate it. Sorry, I probably didn't explain correctly. I know it is difficult to tell sex by behaviour as they are all different. It is mainly the high pitch swack that made me think he/she was female. You think male though? I would really like a definate answer but I may never get one. Thanks. ?

Aluz, thank you for your response also. We got Rocky last August and the breader said he/she was 8 weeks. That would make Rocky approximately 9 months, would he/she still be classed as young female/ not in mating season? Rocky was in the female cage but breader said Rocky was only there temprarily, we really wanted and green budgie and Rocky was the only green one he had.

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From those photos you posted, there is no doubt whatsoever that Rocky is a female. Generally speaking, the ceres on females will get the mature, in breeding condition colour (tan to dark brown colour) after reaching six months old ( while not the norm some can go into breeding condition later and that is perfectly fine).
The same is applied for most males where their ceres will change from the immature uniform pinkish/purplish coloured ceres to a deep and rich royal blue coloured cere.

At this point, your Rocky's cere is still showing the immature colour for a young female or a female currently out of breeding condition (when coming out of breeding condition the cere on females will revert to the creamy white colour which may or may not have some faint light bluish colour on the edges).

EDIT: I forgot to mention that males can very well produce high pitched sounds and screeches. Budgies regardless of gender can also mimic sounds that may not pertain to their standard budgie language.
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Hi there and to the forums!

It's great to have you with us, and Rocky is adorable! As aluz has explained, Rocky is definitely a girl! There is absolutely no doubt at all

You definitely couldn't have come to a better place to learn even more about the best possible budgie care practices! Be sure to read through the forum's many "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) and Budgie Articles to start!

If you have any questions afterwards, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

We look forward to seeing you and Rocky around the forums

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I'd always trust Aluz when it comes to telling gender of budgies.
If Rocky's cere was "purpley" as a baby by now it would be darker blue as a male, but I'd agree you have a young hen and maybe should name Roxie!
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Hi Starling Wings and Phil W, thank you for responding and also welcoming me to the forum.

I knew Rocky was female but thank you for the confirmation. ? It is very difficult for breaders to tell the sex when they are young. The only reason I wanted a male is because I read that it is easier to teach males to talk and I managed to teach Tyson our last budgie to talk for Scotland. Ha ha I like the name Roxie too but do you think the poor wee souls would now get confused after calling her Rocky for 9 months?

Speak soon.

Sorry Aluz, thank you for your second response, I missed it initially. Helpful information, Pleased to have now confirmed Rocky's gender.

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Since Roxy sounds so much like Rocky, I don't think she'll object Of course, if you'd like to keep her name as Rocky, her full name could always be Rockette

Also, females can talk just as well as males can! It depends on the individual budgie's personality and inclination to talk.

Here's a link with more information!
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Rocky sure is a cute little girl!

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