Been about six months since I got my first Budgie. He met a tragic fate (we've all heard stories about cats and dogs and their lack of mixing well with budgies, but who among you have ever heard of your pet rat being the one who does the deed? I sure hadn't, but that rat is not among us any more either...) that I regret nearly daily, but I've decided to give myself another chance with another lovely budgie. This time I will NOT build my own cage that includes a lower level for the ratties, no matter how safe I think it is. And Leto will not be out when Eitil is, certainly not...I've learned my lesson, though it had to be the...worst way that I could. Poor Tiki.
I had almost given up on birds, but...then I found Andrea. Andrea is a lady who breeds Budgies here near Birmingham, and...who am I to resist a breeders' Budgie? A handfed little guy who could probably win the "cutest budgie ever" contest, who I've been in love with since last month...I cannot wait to meet my Eitil. Eitil is Irish (/gaelic) for "To Fly", I think. He will be coming home to me by the end of this week, if I have any luck! He's fully feathered, but Andrea thinks he needs more time. I'm patient; I know how to handfeed, but I'm so paranoid about it!
I...really only have guesses as to what he is. I'd ask her, but I've already bothered the poor woman enough, hahaha! Bless her heart, but she puts up with me so awesomely.
My closest guess as to what Eitil's coloring is is...dilute skyblue with...maybe opaline, since he doesn't seem to have much in the way of barring on his head? Or am I mistaking that sign for something else? Maybe yellowface too, but it's sure pale if it is. Is yellowface usually as dilute? I think one of his clutchmates is a yellowface dilute; somebody else has reserved one, I'm just not sure if they're brothers. I'm also confused as to why his flight feathers seem to have no coloring. He doesn't LOOK pied. There was a picture of him a little bit back and I don't think he had any mottling on his belly.
Whatever he is, my baby Budgie is GORGEOUS, isn't he? I'm so anxious to go get him, hee!