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Cindy B. 02-20-2013 03:06 PM

Shades of white possible?
Hello, all.

First I want to apologize for not being able to post a picture of my daughter's new male budgie, what would certainly simplify things, huh. ;) I've looked around the web for a picture of a similar looking bird with no luck.

This little guy is about 4 months old, I'd say, and has a pale yellow face, pale sky blue covering his chest, dark eyes, blue cheek patches, a bit of pale gray on his wings, but overall his wings, all tail feathers, and head are a light cream color, that is, a yellowish white.

So my question is, Can a white-based budgie--and I assume that this cutie is so since he also has blue feathers--display shades of creamy white? I'm only familiar with the typical pure, bright white in budgies, and given my elementary understanding, he can't be a yellow-based budgie. Right?

Thanks for your help!

Cindy :)

CuteLittleBirdies 02-20-2013 03:38 PM

He sounds like a yellowface :) https://cutelittlebirdiesaviary.weebl...oldenface.html

Cindy B. 02-20-2013 05:34 PM

Thank you, Lindsey. :)

While we did recognize that my daughter's bird is a yellowface, what do you think about his feathers being creamy white? Is this usual for a white-based budgie? Thanks again.


thepennywhistle 02-20-2013 05:47 PM

I'm just guessing here, but it may have something to do with the yellow face effect. I also have a genetically white bird who is a type II yellowface, and is a bird in varying shades of cream and white, with a yellow face. His yellow face has basically bled over onto the other feathers, producing the cream color. It will also sometimes turn blue feathers a turquoise or even a green color. Might this fit in with what you're seeing?

Cindy B. 02-20-2013 06:05 PM

Perhaps so, Skye, the main difference being that my daughter's bird has no pure white. I'd not heard of a "yellowface effect," and this just might be what I'm seeing. I've wondered, too, if subsequent molts might turn the pale sky blue to turquoise when all is said and done since he seems to have an overall creamy sheen if that makes sense. Regardless, he's a beautiful bird.

And Lindsey, I just read a bit on the yellowface effect, and now I understand about the mix of white and yellow bases. I think. ;)

Thanks for your help!

Cindy :)

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