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Lovebird Mutation

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Hi everyone!

I hope everyone is doing well

I’ve had lovebirds for nearly 10 years now and am quite familiar with a lot of mutations. I’ve also worked at an avian specialty store for 10 years, working extensively with breeders and our avian vet. However, my one baby lovebird has myself and a few breeders completely stumped on his mutation. I don’t know the mutations of his parents either, as this was a new breeder who didn’t tell us.

Originally, we thought he was a white-faced blue, but he’s now 10 months old and seems to really be changing color. He now has an orange brow and a variation of green and blue feathers coming in, not just blue. I’ve attached a few pictures with and without flash. He also has a cream replacing some of his original white.

Any ideas to what mutation?? Thank you!
 

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Looks to be Turquoise Opaline. Those wing feathers look badly coloured for such a young bird. Did your vet say anything about those?
 

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Hi Zara,

Thanks for the reply! He was badly plucked by his parents before I got him, and they grew in at an angle. He’s been to the vet three times since he was 2 weeks old. He had a full work up each time (he had a band removal during one visit, but still had blood work, and a crop and fecal smear) and everything came back normal. The vet only noted that his feathers will have to completely molt out before they’ll look “normal”. But he couldn’t explain the darker markings on them either. When replacement feathers come in, they’re either blue or green. He just keeps changing color. I had someone say they thought he was a cobalt opal or with a single factor violet, but he doesn’t look like my other male of that mutation. His tail feathers are also coming in blue and green, replacing the cream ones.
 

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Aww poor guy had quite the rough start in life!

they’re either blue or green. He just keeps changing color. I had someone say they thought he was a cobalt opal or with a single factor violet, but he doesn’t look like my other male of that mutation.
That´s because he´s turquoise. My boy Jaime has those same feathers. Around the house I see a blue bird. But in sunlight he´s more green. Then under LED heshines that jade colour.
It´s funny because ¨Turquoise¨ can look so different in different birds.
 

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Some pictures, I tried to find ones in different light,
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Screenshot_20210128_213319_com.google.android.apps.photos.jpg these are his daughters, the girl on the right is exactly like him.

He is not opaline so he has the blue all the way up over the back of his head to his brow line. And he does not have a peach brow, he's white-faced. But just so you can see those green/blue turquoise feathers :)
 

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Take a look at the chart hopefully it can help. Also about his feathers look on the chart at the df birds. when I was doing a little research on one of mine, I found that if the bird is double factor euwing thier feathers grow in different. I'll attach the link to that article also. Hopefully it helps
 

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Some pictures, I tried to find ones in different light,
View attachment 371457 View attachment 371458 View attachment 371459 View attachment 371460 View attachment 371462 View attachment 371464 View attachment 371465 View attachment 371466

View attachment 371463 (right)

View attachment 371467 (right)

View attachment 371461 these are his daughters, the girl on the right is exactly like him.

He is not opaline so he has the blue all the way up over the back of his head to his brow line. And he does not have a peach brow, he's white-faced. But just so you can see those green/blue turquoise feathers :)
Beautiful birds!
 

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Some pictures, I tried to find ones in different light,
View attachment 371457 View attachment 371458 View attachment 371459 View attachment 371460 View attachment 371462 View attachment 371464 View attachment 371465 View attachment 371466

View attachment 371463 (right)

View attachment 371467 (right)

View attachment 371461 these are his daughters, the girl on the right is exactly like him.

He is not opaline so he has the blue all the way up over the back of his head to his brow line. And he does not have a peach brow, he's white-faced. But just so you can see those green/blue turquoise feathers :)
Can I see SOME MORE PICTURES of his 'white' daughter in the last picture!!!! LOVE HER!
 

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She does look white sometimes. She has a blue/violet hue. Hard to describe. Here are some pictures I have on my laptop :)
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SHE'S GORGEOUS!!!! .. I think that color was what I was striving for when I bred LBs... :heart:
 
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