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Hi, I am curious about the variation in opaline between individuals. Some birds have the V pattern and no dark barring down the back of their head and back and others still have that but have body color in their wings. My Puff is a greywing with light consistent barring down his back but with light blue body color in his stripes on his back and wings. I just saw a picture of another bird on here that was a normal cobalt with black barring down its back but blue mixed in and all through his wings too.

Is this just variation in the degree of dilution due to the opaline? Does the presence of body color, i.e blue or green, in the wings and back barring indicate they are opaline and then the amount of dilution varies from individual to individual?

All the pictures of opalines I find have very obvious lack of barring in a V down their backs.

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i too, am curious about this
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Is this just variation in the degree of dilution due to the opaline? Does the presence of body color, i.e blue or green, in the wings and back barring indicate they are opaline and then the amount of dilution varies from individual to individual?
I believe this is correct. When identifying opalines we look for body colour in the wings & tails feathers, and lighter or no markings on the shoulders. Therefore we can expect the dilution to change between budgies in accordance with the lighter to no markings identifier.
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Opaline is a sex linked mutation, so the single factor/double factor is not used, because it is recessive to normal.

No two Opalines will look exactly alike, just as no two Recessive Pieds will have pied markings in all the exact same places.
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