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Sorry that you can't see it in the pics, but this rare albino definately has red eyes, a brown cere and no cheeks. Not brown markings at all aside from that one spot around her eye. I really want to know just how rare this budgie is, as that will determine if I will let her breed later on or not with the blue budgie, Chitters, who she is fully bonded with. I'm sorry to say the pied in the picture is no longer with us, he died of an unknown illness that is currently being treated in the other two budgies with warmth and antibiotics.
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Have you got a clearer picture in natural light f what youre referring to?
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Hi there, it would be good to have a better picture of the brown area. In those photos the feathers look a little stiff, like they might have something dried on them? Has her eye been weeping at all? How long have you had her and has it always been like this?
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It is natural brown, sorry I couldn't get a closer pic, they freak out at the camera, so I had to zoom in through the bars. The feathers aren't stiff, the colouration is a bit rough at the edges is all. There's nothing wrong at all with her eyes. That is also natural light, not direct sunlight, but from a window. No flash on the camera, or Chitters belly would be the same colour as in my profile picture instead of blue. it's just that one spot, light brown, around the eye, no other colours or markings in the slightest, aside from a slight lining just along the top of the cere of the same brown.
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It is natural brown, sorry I couldn't get a closer pic, they freak out at the camera, so I had to zoom in through the bars. The feathers aren't stiff, the colouration is a bit rough at the edges is all. There's nothing wrong at all with her eyes. That is also natural light, not direct sunlight, but from a window. No flash on the camera, or Chitters belly would be the same colour as in my profile picture instead of blue. it's just that one spot, light brown, around the eye, no other colours or markings in the slightest, aside from a slight lining just along the top of the cere of the same brown.
It sounds like the feathers are just discoloured from dirt. Brown on the feathers above the cere could be caused by a number of things including vitamin issues.
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It's not dirt, it's the actual colour of the feathers.
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If she is new, is there a chance her feathers could have become stained with something before you got her?
I believe people are more inclined to think this as it's not a natural colour mutation a budgie would have.
As far as I know, brown isn't often a colour that would come out in a budgie, no matter how rare.
I think it's going to be a case of waiting to see what happens either when she has a bath or when she moults and seeing what happens then.
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Due to the white feathers on albinos, it's more common for them to soil their feathers. This can happen when eating fresh foods, like veggies/fruit or when playing chewing on a coloured mineral/calcium block. Budgies can also have their feathers temporarily dyed after taking a bath or wetting a coloured wooden toy.
From the photo you posted, I'm seeing a darker, greyish colour above the eye and more of a pinkish colour on the cheek, near the cheek patch area.

Once she takes a bath (or moults her feathers), you will have the proof you need.
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Do let us know if anything changes or not after she has moulted. I would also check her diet as lack of certain nutrients can also cause feathers to have discolouration. It would be an unusual colour to have on a budgie, so if it is still there after both the above things have been addresses it would be interesting to know!
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Well, she is underweight, so it could be something to do with nourishment. I have had her for over 3 weeks now, and they groom often, and she has washed her face in her water, so I'm sure it's natural. She is yet to go through a moult, though.

I just noticed something important! Since starting her on the antibiotics, the edges of her brown cere are turning blue, but she still has red eyes... But it seems she is NOT a true albino!

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