Mature male budgies over the age of 12 months have feet and legs that closely resemble their cere, a bright blue color. A mature female budgie’s cere is either pink or brown in color.
Some females have a little bit of blue and white around their nostrils. Albino, Lutino and Mottled birds usually have off-white, light pink or blueish pink ceres.
Young males may have a bluish or purplish tint to the pink. Female budgies have white or tan ceres which will darken during breeding season.
Male budgies are the calmer, more social of the species. The cere – a fleshy covering directly above the beak – of a male budgie is what most people notice about a budgie.
Males in a breeding mood have a bright or royal blue cere.
How to Tell a Parakeets Gender
Male budgies have blue or purplish ceres, while females’ ceres are tan or brownish. Male adult parakeets have light-colored feathers white, all yellow, the albino, lutino, and certain recessive-pied mutations have a pink or tan cere.
Females have white or pale blue cere which can become dark tan or brow during breeding season. Some parakeets are harder to sex.
Albino, Lutino and Mottled birds usually have off-white, light pink or blueish pink ceres. Lack of egg laying ability does not make it male.
Sex hormones that determine the cere color also determine the leg and skin color.
Male Vs Female Budgie Birds
Male budgies will always have a bright blue cere, whereas most females will have a pink, white, tan, or brown cere. The feet and legs of a male budgie will be blue due to a hormone in their body, whereas females do not have this hormone, so their feet are usually pink or brown.