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Thanks for your input, I actually only had that sandpaper on the first day and took it off immediately after doing some research, can you imagine that the guy at the pet store recommended it to me?! I'll try to take some better quality pictures with natural light and a good camera tomorrow. Although the vet told me she was female and healthy it's not like she did a DNA test. So we'll see...

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Indeed, from this latest photo you have attached there is a lot of white colour on the cere.
As for the updated pictures, upon looking at the cere, I would also say that your budgie is a male. From the photos, I'm unable to see the actual brown colour, at least it doesn't look like the typical colour when the ceres on females start to tan and get dark brown. To me that looks more like a darker spot on the cere.

I also couldn't help to notice that you have a sandpaper cover on the perch.
It's not recommended to use sandpaper as these can be quite abrasive to the budgies' delicate skin of the feet and this can promote sores. There are additional health concerns also if your budgie happens to chew on the sandpaper, this can cause digestive upset and in more extreme cases can lead to crop impaction.
You can find good ideas for perches of different sizes and textures by checking this link: Essentials to a Great Cage

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Hi there and to Talk Budgies!

You've been given great advice However, I agree that from the pictures posted it really seems that he could be male. The brown on the cere really isn't what a female's cere coming into condition is.

I would consider perhaps getting a second opinion or getting a DNA test to be sure!

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forums to stay updated on the very best of budgie care as well as to familiarize yourself with Talk Budgies. To start, check out the Budgie Articles and "stickies", or threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, be sure to ask as we'd love to help!

Keep us posted on how your little one is doing soon!

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The last picture you posted is the one taken when you first got the budgie -- is that correct?

In the latest picture the budgie appears to have a very bright blue cere with pronounced white around the nares.
In the pictures posted earlier in the thread showing which show the cere turning brown, to me the bluish color looks light enough to be a female.
However, computers do vary in their color representation.

I'm glad you've taken the budgie to an Avian Vet for a check-up.

When male budgie's cere turns brown it is a definite symptom of illness and the concern of some members is that the way the cere is changing doesn't look like a "normal" change of a female's cere when it comes into condition.

Did your Avian Vet do any testing on your budgie when she was in for her appointment or did she simply do a physical exam and tell you the bird is female?

http://talkbudgies.com/articles-gene...amination.html

No one is trying to scare you and everyone just wants to make sure your budgie is healthy which has resulted in the additional posts.

I'd recommend calling the vet back and relaying the concerns.
You may wish to ask if additional tests should be done and/or consider seeking advice from another Avian Vet to get a second opinion just to err on the side of caution.

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