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November 10, 2020

Baby parakeet

What does it mean when baby parakeet has a brown black beak not cere


Hi Donna,

A baby parakeet will have black on the beak, which will fade away in the weeks after it is weaned. The cere – the skin around the nostrils – is often a pale solid blueish lavender. There will be no difference between the males and females yet. As the bird gets older, the cere will change in many color mutations. The cere will eventually be bright blue for a mature male and white in a female. It will change to look brown and crusty when the female is in breeding condition. For some mutations, there is little to no change in the cere, so it is not possible to determine the gender based on the cere color. This is usually the case with any of the pale or pastel color mutations or solid white or solid yellow.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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