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Old 01-03-2015, 12:40 PM
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Question Opaline spangle greywing cock with cinnamon hen

I have 4 chicks that are all blue spangle with yellow factor.
2 are a lot lighter but I am not sure this is because of the opaline characteristic. The cock is opaline but he's also greyywing.
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Can you post a picture of the dad from behind? I don't see the opaline, and many sf spangles do have a lot of suffusion which can often be mistaken for opaline He looks like a cobalt sf violet in that photo.
Your little guy is a bit brightly colored for a greywing, which typiclly have about 50% body color dilution:
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He does look like he is either a clearwing of full body greywing though
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If you post pictures of the chicks we would be happy to help with their mutations Can you post a pic of mom too?
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Oh ... my ... gosh. That bird is stunning!

Lindsey -- Is he sky blue violet, or cobalt violet?
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Default Here is another picture of the dad

He has a white patch on the back of his head like a pied and he has white wing tips. Pale blue/violet color is visible near the shoulders but not much.
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Default Here are the chicks

Two are regular spangles I think. If the lighter two are opaline, that will mean they are female.....I think?
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Hi there, lovely chicks! I am not seeing Opaline on any of them or on the Dad though...
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Default Here's dad from behind

So please tell me if he's opaline. I see light purple on the back of his neck and shoulders but it might not show much in the photo.
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So please tell me if he's opaline. I see light purple on the back of his neck and shoulders but it might not show much in the photo.
He's not opaline.. he's violet... Violet suffuses into the wings sometimes causing it to look like they could be opaline.

He is pretty.. Is momma a yellowface, or is the yellow in the babies part of artificial lighting in the room?
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Default Better pic of dad

The best chance to see any purple feathers
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Default Thank you, no mom isn't yellowfce

We see a hint of yellow in dads face occasionally. With him being a clear flight it doesn't appear on the wing feathers. One of the lightest babies looks like it is clear flight too, but the other very light one is graywing.
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