How are budgies and parakeets different?

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nestling Wellis / young birds

The color of nestling Wellis is quite pale, it can be light rose, beige or light blue. After a few weeks, the wax skin changes color more and more. Now you can guess in which direction the color is going and thus roughly determine the gender. Male juveniles have either purple or pink wax skin, while the waxy skin of female juveniles is light beige, pale pink, or light blue. If you take a closer look, you can see a slightly lighter ring around the female's nostrils. In some males this is sometimes also present, but often it is then a tad lighter in color than the rest of the wax skin, while the fine ring appears whitish in the female.

male

In the adult rooster, the wax skin is smooth and ranges from medium blue to dark blue. If it is a different color or texture, there is usually an organic malfunction or a hormone disorder. In budgerigars that have a testicular tumor or a tumor in the abdomen, the wax skin turns in most cases from blue to a greenish hue to brown and becomes somewhat wrinkled. Liver disease may also cause the color to change. This should then be clarified by an avian veterinarian.

Here are some pictures of Taps with different wax skin colors.

     

female

In the hens, the wax skin becomes slightly wrinkled over time and takes on a different color depending on the breeding maturity. Females outside the breeding mood have a light blue, sometimes whitish / light blue wax skin. When it is ready to breed, the wax skin turns brown or dark brown and can sometimes be thickly laid on. But it doesn't necessarily have to be, there have also been reports of hens whose wax skin has not discolored. Here too, a hormonal disorder can lead to a differently colored wax skin.

Here are some pictures of Hens with different wax skin colors.

     

Exceptions

Roosters have either a deep blue, a pink / purple or a blue / pink piebald wax skin. But this has to do with the respective color.
Australian piebalds can have a deep blue or piebald wax skin.
Other shades of color, such as B. the recessive piebald, yellow & white black eyes, lacewing, fallow and the lutino and albino have a pink wax skin. In hens, the color of the wax skin has nothing to do with the respective color.

   

Photo 1 + 2: Wax skin discoloration on some cocks.
Photo 3: piebald wax skin of a piebald

Examples

cockerel

adult rooster

young hen

adult hen