How can I tell if a budgie is young?

Young budgies have stripes or bars on the cap of their head that stretch all the way down to the base of the upper beak. If the budgie has these stripes, the bird is less than 3 or 4 months old.The base of the upper beak is known as the cere.
A budgie with stripes stretching down to its cere has not experienced its first molt, when it loses the striped feathers on its head.

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