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Mutations and Genetics Learn about budgie genetics and the wide variety of mutations.

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Old 01-11-2016, 06:24 AM
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I have read on a post about a "thumbprint" on the back of a budgies head meaning he is a pied. Is this where the lines are not straight and have different designs?

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Hi Kathy!

The thumbprint you mention is called "pied patch".
I can show you a few examples with my flock:

Here is Leonel, my dominant pied budgie, notice the white patch located on the back of the head where the barring of his zebra pattern should be.


This is Peppy, a recessive pied budgie. The extent of her pied patch covers more feathers and her barring on the back of the head is practically non-existent.
DSCF3173 by aluz391, on Flickr

The same thing goes for my recessive pied girl, Goldilocks (budgie on the right)
DSCF3399 by aluz391, on Flickr
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