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Pode 10-16-2015 01:59 PM

Budgie facial feathers
Not sure where to post this so I'll just ask here.

I've always wondered what the blue/purple feathers signify on a budgie's cheek. They usually sit just above the black spots.

Does it have something to do with their UV vision?


FaeryBee 10-16-2015 03:38 PM

The cheek patches on budgies vary in color depending on the budgies' mutation.

You can learn more about mutations by visiting the link below:

Budgie Mutation And Color Guide - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

mexicoandice 10-17-2015 11:53 AM

I guess they are just for show. Maybe attracting females in the wild? I will have to read up on this.

audit 10-17-2015 06:11 PM

If you want to get your budgie(s) identified, you can always post some pics in the Budgie Breeding \\ Mutation and genetics section, there are users who are more that happy to help you out with age, gender, and mutation names! :D

Just make sure that your pictures comply with this thread:
It's hard for them to make an accurate evaluation of your budgie if the pictures are rather grainy and blurry. (Believe me, I've made this mistake before!)

Hope this helped! ;)

Ilana 10-21-2015 03:08 PM

They may not be a means of mate selection, though, if both males and females have them. Or maybe selection works both ways with budgies...?

tonic 10-21-2015 07:48 PM

Budgies can see UV light and the mask looks like it is glowing. The cheek patches are even brighter and stand out like markers on each side of the face. I imagine this is used for pair selection, and maybe for locating the beak when feeding? I believe budgies tend to choose those with brighter UV given the choice.

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