Budgie cere colour change, please help!


New member
Jun 28, 2020
Hello everyone,

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed my 6 month budgie started to have some colour changes on his cere. I thought this is normal as he’s approaching maturity but today I noticed the colour doesn’t look normal and has 2 shades (blue at the top and brownish at the bottom).
Have you guys seen this before? Should I be concerned?
This is a recent photo:

Thank you!


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Aug 2, 2018
Neptune blue quaker (MIA), Ta-dah GCC female, Penny quaker female, Pikachu quaker female!!, Phoebe quaker female, 3 parakeets males, Burt The Burd GCC female RIP
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Welcome to the forum.
I think..its time fir a vet visit.
Girls can have their cere turn brown ...but I see some red....and there is brown staining of the feathers above the nostrils that can indicate a respiratory infection.

If this is a boy then this is very abnormal. You will need to see an avain veterinarian.

What does he est? And do nit add vitamin to tge water, it can rot and make them sick, or over dose on vitamin can make them sick
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Nov 12, 2019
New England
4 budgies, 1 cockatiel, 1 canary winged parakeet
I’d be on the phone with an avian certified vet ASAP. Make sure to tell them there is staining on feathers above the cere.

With birds you cannot wait. I know from personal experience how something that looks a little off can actually be much worse than it initially looks. It sounds a bit dramatic...but birds are fragile and hide illness and injury until they can’t. It’s something that is hardwired into them.

Do you have a before photo? I’d love to see him at his best, I bet he’s absolutely beautiful!

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