Male Vs. Female Parakeets

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Identifying the sex of parakeets can be difficult. Learn about the different behaviors of male and female parakeets with this free pet care video clip.

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Today we are going to talk about getting a male versus a female parakeet. With the particular Budgies a lot of the larger ones like the plum headed parakeets; a lot of them are sexually dimorphic like you can tell from the color of their head what sex they are. But there also some species like the Monk parakeet also known as the Quaker parrot that has no sexual dimorphism so you can't tell the difference. This particular species you can tell the difference by the cere which is their nostrils. This bird is too young to tell the gender of. You can tell its nose is neither blue nor pink or brown it is basically sort of a purplish or pinkish color. That is generally a sign of a very young bird also the bars on its head. It will be about five months before this bird starts showing any signs of gender so what you want to do if you want to get a male is you want a blue cere and a female is going to have a pink cere. The personality difference is that the males tend to be, if you want a bird that is going to talk especially with parakeets or budgies you are going to want a male bird. A female bird, I don't know of any females that talk, it is not to say that they don't talk, it is just not very well known for that species. They still make very sweet pets and they will still jump around and they are very active. The other reason you might worry about gender if you are going to get more than one parakeet, if you end up with a male and a female there is a good chance you are going to end up with babies if you end up with two sets. Even if you don't provide them with a nest, the need to breed with these birds is so high they will lay eggs on the bottom of the cage so two males, two females will get along just find so again if you are picking a flock environment you may want to just pick all one gender if you don't want any breeding. Otherwise if you are interested in a bird that you want to talk you probably want to end up with a male parakeet.

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