This is Wallace! He thinks I'm weird because I keep tilting the camera in different directions to try and get a picture of what I'm talking about
From what I've read, the body color isn't supposed to be present on the head or wing markings, but I noticed that as he's molting all the new feathers on his neck and back are getting a blue sheen to them. It's very iridescent, so you can only see it from certain angles. It's really bright when you can see it!
Is this typical? I had a sky blue hen and she never had anything like that, just gray and white bars. It's almost impossible to photograph, so I can't tell if most other blue budgies have the same thing. It seems like a few do, and some normal greens have a similar green sheen, too. I'm just surprised by how vivid it looks! The best photo I could get was of a molted feather that's pretty worn:
I think it's beautiful! It looks like he's glowing.
Is it present in males and females? Is there a name for it? Do you all think I'm as crazy as Wallace thinks I am for even caring?
I've read a lot about structural and pigment colors in birds. Blues are always structural, and they can be iridescent or not (so they don't change color with different angles). It looks to me like this blue is more iridescent than what you see on the body, which is pretty cool.
He also has a band of violet along his neck where his barred feathers meet his blue feathers. I see that in other budgie photos, but I had no idea it could be so bright! I wish cameras could capture these colors better.