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Re: purple cere with whitish color, male or female?

Posted by jill on 12/08/05
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    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.