Budgerigar cere colour and gender

Subject: Budgerigar cere colour and gender
From: Milburns <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 21:04:44 +1000
It is rather a generalisation to assume that all budgerigars with a blue cere are males. Females in non-breeding condition may develop a fully blue cere and, less frequently, males out of breeding condition may develop a brown cere. I think that the bird with broad pale covert fringes is a male but the other bird looks more like a female except for the blue cere. Behaviour and structure are useful indicators of gender also.

The Milburns
42 Bundey Street
ACT 2615

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