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Re: found out he's a boy- recessive pied

Posted by elaine on 1/04/06
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    On 12/09/05, jill wrote:
    > On 12/08/05, Kitty.J wrote:
    >> On 12/08/05, jill wrote:
    >>> On 12/04/05, Elaine wrote:
    >>>> On 12/04/05, jill wrote:
    >>>>> On 12/03/05, Elaine wrote:
    >>>>>> I adopted this keet and am trying to find out if it is
    >>>>>> male or female. I don't want to take it to a vet yet,
    >>>>>> it's still very shy. It's about a year old. Yellow with
    >>>>>> black markings. Cere is a gray-purple with a whitish hue
    >>>>>> in the middle. Definitely not pink and definitely not
    >>>>>> blue. I've read several books about parakeets and they
    >>>>>> all contradict each other. Can anyone tell me if male or
    >>>>>> female? Once it's tame, I'd like to get it a friend but
    >>>>>> don't want baby keets! Thank you for helping!
    >>>>> elaine,
    >>>>> in my experience this is a female. if the cere has not
    >>>>> turned blue or at least darker purple by 1 year....female it
    >>>>> is.....if your sure about the age of the bird. hope this
    >>>>> helps..jill
    >>>> thanks jill yes I am sure about the age. will be 1 year in
    >>>> early feb. ela
    >>> elaine, color of the bird does matter as well. i have a heavy
    >>> pied male that's cere never went blue....he looks like a baby
    >>> always, but he did do the mating dance and sing alot. he is now
    >>> a proud pop soooooo..... but if your bird is not pied the
    >>> statement i made before this is pretty accurate....if the cere
    >>> turns crusty looking and has a hint of brown....well anyway,
    >>> hope you found these answers helpful.
    >> Also, i heard from white to yellow budgies there cere will stay
    >> pink, but the females cere will get a tanny color. But i am not
    >> sure if this is true. Though i never saw a white or yellow budgie
    >> with a blue or purple cere always light colors
    > this is also so...i have two albino females that have tan ceres..i
    > had always heard they wouldn't change but they did...

    Thanks for the info on the color of the bird mattering! I did some
    more research and found that my bird is a recessive pied, which means
    he is a male and will keep his pinkish/purplish cere! I also found
    that recessive pieds males have smooth ceres whereas the females will
    get rough tan/ tawny ceres. Maybe this info will help someone else!
    Thanks for all your help!