Young or Adult ??

The following 4 pointers are a good way of knowing whether your budgie is Young or Adult.

A: Check the forehead. Young Budgies have stripes extending down to their ceres, while adult Budgies loose the striping and have a clear forehead.
Exception: Some pied birds are born with clear foreheads. Always check other pointers.

B: Young Budgies are born with no iris ring, they have big black eyes. As they mature, an iris ring becomes obvious gradually. Mature Budgies will have a white iris ring around their eyes.
Exception: Recessive pied Budgies don't get white iris rings. Always check other pointers.

C: Ceres: Young Budgies ceres are pinkish, almost translucent. Adult Budgies have well marked cere colors. It is blue in males and chalky white to brown in females.
Exception: Recessive pied and ino males retain their translucent pink cere. Always check other pointers.

D: Throat spots: Baby Budgies have small, irregular throat spots. Adult Budgies have round well defined spots.
Exception: Some pied, and some color variations don't get throat spots. Always check other pointers.