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Why is my bird beak changing color?
A parrot’s beak may start out as one color but change to its permanent shade as the bird gets older. Other factors that affect beak color include diet, malnutrition, fungal infections, and injury or trauma (bruising). Also, beaks turn white because dead keratin flakes off (sloughing), exposing the color underneath.
What are the signs of a sick budgie bird?
Sick budgies can go downhill very quickly so if you spot any of these symptoms get to your vet straight away:
- Watery droppings.
- Fluffed up feathers.
- Lack of energy/sleeping more than usual.
- Loss of appetite.
- Drinking much more or less than normal.
- Unusual swellings.
- Loss of feathers.
- Limping or holding one leg up.
How can you tell if a parakeet is a boy?
In general, a male will have a solid lavender to solid blue cere – this is the skin around their nostrils. A female will have a white to brown cere, depending on hormones and age. Generally the cere color is not well defined until they are close to a year old.
How do I know if my budgie is a male?
If you look at a budgie you will not find any difference between a male and female. But once you look closer at their beaks, there is a colored swollen patch (which is called a cere). Determining the color of the cere is the key on unravelling the budgie’s gender. Male budgies will always have a dark blue cere.
What does a healthy budgie cere look like?
Most parts of the budgie’s nose are located behind the visible part, the so-called cere (1) which is a waxlike skin that covers the area above the beak. In healthy birds, the cere is smooth and soft. Healthy birds show a flat and smooth cere (males) or at most only a bit rough cere (females in breeding condition).
What does it mean when a budgie’s cere turns brown?
Sometimes, the vibrant color can appear purple-blue. This color will lighten when the budgie is not in the breeding mood. If you’ve identified your budgie as male and notice his cere turn brown, he may have a medical condition. Identify a female budgie. A female adult budgie’s cere is usually white, pink or pale blue. 
Is my budgies cere male or female?
Therefore, it is male. The bird on the left has a dark blue cere and is male. The one on the right has a very light blue cere with white nostriles and is female. After a couple of months, the budgie’s cere will change color, indicating that it’s maturing (but not fertile yet!). So purple turns to dark blue when it’s a male.
How can you tell how old a baby Budgie is?
If your budgie hasn’t had its first molt, has dark button eyes, and has bars coming from its head to cere, then it’s less than four months old. If your budgie is immature or less than 4 months old, the cere on males will slowly turn deep blue and females will keep white or pale blue before showing tan. 5
Where are the nostrils on a budgie?
The budgie’s nostrils are found on the cere (they look like two in-depth holes) making the cere easy to find. While most budgie’s beaks are a yellowish color, the cere is a certain color depending on the bird’s sex.  Bird Specialist Expert Interview. 16 August 2021. Identify a male budgie.