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Old 01-24-2019, 12:55 AM
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Default Kiwi's eyes are still completely black after more than a year

My female budgie Kiwi is a bit over a year old. Her eyes are solid black all the time. Is this normal? I was always under the impression that the white of the eyes would be visible once they're fully grown.

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What's her mutation? It ties in with adult eye color. Photo?
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It depends on the mutation. Some mutations keep the dark eyes throughout their lives.

Another instance is if it’s split to a mutation which keeps dark eyes. My two visual normals are split to recessive pied, so they have a normal color pattern, but dark eyes like the recessive pied that’s in their genes.

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Thanks for the replies, I didn't know that. Heres a picture of her! She's just a typical green/yellow budgie.

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Kiwi is very cute! She’s a light green opaline.
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This is a great question. Didn't know mutations would cause no whites in the eyes.
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She is indeed light green opaline

However, the opaline mutation does not cause lack of irises. If her eyes are still totally black, she may be split for recessive pied, which could influence things like eye and cere colour despite not being present fully.
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