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How can I tell if my parakeet is a boy or girl?

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The only way to tell for sure whether a parakeet is male or female is to have it DNA tested, states BirdTricks.com. As a rule, however, it is possible to figure out the sex of budgerigar parakeets by checking the color of the ceres, the bulging tissue above the beak.

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How can I tell if my parakeet is a boy or girl?
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For the first 8 months, both boy and girl budgies look about the same. By 4 months, the female cere turns white with a small amount of blue, becoming gray-brown at maturity. The male nasal passages develop into a blue-purple color that becomes more intense during mating. It is harder to determine the sex of pastel parakeets.


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