The budgie is one of the most favorite birds of adults and children, which is great for keeping at home. Most varieties of wavy parrots are incredibly beautiful, do not require any special care and, moreover, are quite inexpensive. This explains their wide popularity.
You can buy wavy parrots today almost everywhere - in various pet stores, breeding centers, as well as from ordinary people who have bred their offspring at home. On the Internet there are many ads for the sale of budgerigar chicks. However, by ignorance or consciously you can be mislead about the sex and age of birds. We will tell you how to determine the sex and age of the wavy parrot on your own, so that you could not sell the wrong bird that you wanted.
How to find out the age of wavy parrot?
Newborn budgerigars, like most other birds, are born bare and with closed eyes. They open only 5-7 days after birth, and feathers begin to form even later - after 9-10 days. More or less large plumage on the back, wings and tail is formed only by the third week of life.
Usually breeders start selling chicks after they are one month old. At this age, feathering in budgerigars is already almost fully formed, but the chicks themselves are still quite different from adult individuals.
Most buyers are faced with the issue of acquiring a chick for the first time. That is why they attentively listen to the breeder's stories, without even realizing that there is a sufficiently adult bird in front of them. To avoid this, before buying a chick, carefully read useful tips on how to determine the age of a wavy parrot; You can grab with you and a photo on which you can navigate.
- you should first look at the eyes of the bird. Young chicks have rather large and completely black eyes. In the future, around the pupil in adults there is a white ring. In addition, plumage is almost always absent around the eyes of elderly parrots;
- The second characteristic feature that helps determine the age of a wavy parrot is its beak - in newborn chicks it is most often completely black. At about 4-6 weeks, the baby's beak brightens and becomes greenish or yellowish. However, in some cases, its color may change in 20-25 days. Most often this occurs in wavy-colored feathers;
- an experienced breeder also knows how to determine the age of a wavy parrot along the length of its tail. If you buy a chick for the first time, this sign will not help you: the tail grows too fast and reaches its maximum by the two months of the parrot's life;
- plumage in individuals older than a month should be quite rich. If the wavy feathers are too rare, be careful: most likely, you have a sick or an old parrot. At the same time, the color of feathers should be rather dull: bright and contrasting plumage in these birds appears only in 4-6 months;
- the presence of a wavy pattern on the head of the nestling indicates that he is young enough - as a rule, he disappears no later than 3-4 months;
- In addition, the baby should not have a light mask. It appears in parrots older than six months;
- Finally, pay attention to the behavior of the bird. Juveniles learn to fly at the age of about one month. Therefore, if the parrot sits quietly and does not move most of the time, and the seller tells you that he has not yet learned to fly, most likely he is already too old, that is, he is at least 7-8 years old. On average, wavy parrots live about 10-15 years, so 7 years is a rather respectable age for these birds.
All these rules will not work in the case of birds older than a year. In such a situation, one can only try to understand whether it is young or old by its behavior and plumage. In addition, all these methods will not help to know the age of the parrot, if you have an albino or lutinos. These types of wavy should be bought only in special breeding centers with a good reputation.
Finally, in some cases, the technique of determining the sex of the form of a wavy parrot head is used. In the "boys", according to this theory, the head is a little flat, and its tip has a fairly large size. In "girls", on the contrary, the head is much smaller, while it is slightly flattened at the back, and its forehead is slightly pointed.
Thus, there are many ways for fans of budgies to determine the sex and age of their feathered favorites.