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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 again guys! I asked for one of my budgies sex before and you lot were very helpful. As you know i have 4 budgies..2 male and 2 female ...at least that's what i thought until a friend of mine told me that because i dont know what mutation Sunny has it might be a male. We bought her from a pet shop and the seller said that it is a female around 1y old. I am barely starting to know how to determine sex on normal budgies so mutations are something i didnt read on yet. So..i just thought i'd ask the experts.
Apologies on not using photobucket as i am on my phone and is not working.
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You'll need to take a closer photo of Sunny in order for someone to accurately determine their sex.
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That might be a problem. She is the only one from 4 that is still flying away if we are getting too close. I dont want to stress her too much that is why i tried to upload the best natural light pictures i had with her. I uploaded 4 more pictures. Maybe are better
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It's really hard to determine because the pictures aren't very clear.
My birds aren't tame but using the highest setting for quality on my camera I'm able to get good quality pictures, which is what you need.

I will say that in the last picture, the budgie to the left of Sunny looks like a female and contrasting her cere to Sunny's makes Sunny's seem more of a boyish colour to me, but I wouldn't like to say for certain.

Mutation can affect the cere of a budgie but usually in this case a male's cere will not change into a royal blue when it reaches maturity, but the female will still go brown.
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The green one is Buffy and yes she is the young female. She is around 3-4 months and is going through her first molt now. Sunny is 1y old according to the pet shop (and not having stripes on her head I thought she is close to 1y also) but I thought that not having blue cere like my other 2 male that makes her a female. The 2 male are 7-8 months old. I am taking the pics with my phone. I will try to get a clearer picture of her.
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Here are some more pictures. I had her for only 1 month now...but no brown cere . My thinking was...adult-ish birdie...no blue cere like other 2 male...that equals female
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Sunny is a beautiful little boy He looks to be pretty young, and if that is the case, then his cere will most likely turn mostly blue by the time he's a year to a year and a half old.

If he's already that age, then he will probable keep the patchy colour of his cere, which is due to the fact that he must have some recessive pied heritage; he may be a combination pied budgie. This is normal and although he will likely never have a full blue cere, the pink confirms that he is male.

If he is a young budgie, by the time you've had him for a year you'll be able to tell for sure if he's a dominant pied budgie (his eyes will develop iris rings and his cere will be bluer) or a combination pied budgie (he may not develop iris rings and his cere will most likely stay patchy)

Either way, you have a beautiful budgie boy!
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Thank you for your answer!
One thing the pet store guy was 100% sure is that Sunny is older than the 2 blue ones by 2-3 months. They came from the same breeder and he had them for a while. He just thought it is a she as he was the only yellow without blue cere...out of 10 or so. Also are no stripes on his head...that's why I believed that he is not a young one.
At least I gave him a name that works for both male and female
Now I hope they won't fight for Buffy when she gets to maturity
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In that case, he very well be a combination pied budgie, which gives his cere the different appearance than the other males

Be sure to keep an eye on them when they are in condition; it is very possible that they fight over the only female in the flock. To limit this, you can cage them and let them out separately (two males first, and then when they're back in the cage, let out Buffy and the other male) if it starts to become a problem. Best of luck!
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