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Hey, can you please help me with indentifying color mutations of my budgies?

Here are my two boys. The first one Ricky I think is grey green because of his light cheek patterns and black tail instead of cobalt, but I'm not sure. Maybe after he finishes his first molting his tail will be cobalt.

The second one is Micky, and there I have no idea what mutation he could be. The fringes on his wings confuse me, because I thought they should be yellow and not green. I thought green fringes have only opalinos and he's not.



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I'm not an expert on mutations, but I do know that Mickey is an opaline The green on the wings instead of yellow means he is oplaine and also the stripes on his head are green. My budgie, Olive is opaline and I never noticed until one of my mum's friends who is an English budgie breeder pointed it out
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But he doesn't have the V shape on his back.
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My Olive doesn't either, do you know if opalines are supposed to? I don't know anything about mutations really
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I think Ricky is grey-dark green normal.

Micky is light green normal. My Jonah looked the same. An expert said he was not opaline but he had "opalescence."
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I think Ricky is grey-dark green normal.

Micky is light green normal. My Jonah looked the same. An expert said he was not opaline but he had "opalescence."
So is "opalescence" where they still have a bit of yellow in their wings? Sorry, I find it really interesting I'd love to learn about mutations, just I don't think I'd understand all of the different ones
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You have a Greygreen Normal and a Light Green Normal.
Ricky's tail won't change colour, it is what it is.
Micky is not an Opaline, he has normal strength barring and markings and yellow edges on his feathers. Normals can have some body colour on the wings sometimes, thats what they call opalescence. Opalines also have a bar of yellow visible on the flights when they are at rest, but you can't chekc that characteristic till his flights grow back.
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Thanks so much!
And one more question. Doesn't Micky look like an english budgie? He is also a little bigger than Ricky.
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There is no clear definition for an english budgie, it is simply a name given to show budgies because they were often originally imported form England. Now, it is a term used for show budgies and usually budgies that are bred from a mix of show and non-show parents... basically if your bird looks bigger and fluffier then you can decide whether to call it an english or not...knowing that actually means very little these days!
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