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Old 08-11-2016, 03:19 PM
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Hey guys! So Stormy recently had his first molt, and he lost 2 tail feathers but he's grown them back already.
My question is, why did one grow back green? He has no green anywhere else on his body. I'm not sure what his mutation is, because I'm an absolute newbie to that sort of thing, so if someone could tell me that as well I'd appreciate it.
But yeah, what the heck is up with this feather?

I took this picture a couple minutes ago to show the tail feather, but I'll provide a few more to accurately determine his mutation
Here's a side view (no green feather in sight!)

Front view

I hope that's sufficient!

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Old 08-11-2016, 03:30 PM
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From the photos, I think your Stormy is a cobalt violet yellow face type II recessive pied budgie.
It's perfectly normal for you to see a new feather in green colour, in fact you will be noticing more green feathers growing during his moult.
This is due to the yellow face gene. The yellow colour can and will spread into Stormy's blue feathers making them look green in colour.

Since he is a recessive pied budgie, it's also not uncommon for you to see a difference in colour when he moults and grows his big tail feathers (the main ones).
Some tail feathers can have more white edging while others will have the darker blue edging more pronounced.
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Thank you! I made a guess on his mutation based on a bit of research and it turns out I was right thanks
And I'm glad the green feather is normal! I think it's a cute little quirk I'm looking forward to seeing new colors!
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Stormy is so cute and the odd cute little green patch just makes him cuter.

As you can see from this image of little Skye, when I first got him he was blue with a yellow face and grey wings.
After a couple of moults, the blue had started to turn green from the bleeding from the yellow on his chest and wings.

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You're very welcome! Surely Stormy will be even more handsome after his moult.
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I completely agree with Aluz

Stormy will likely have a lot of sage green colour on him after a couple of moults The way that yellowface II and single factor goldenface blend with the blues on the body feathers is just lovely
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Your Stormy is gorgeous. (My 2 cents)..
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Well HELLO gorgeous Stormy!

...and Morgan.

But back to Stormy -- what a handsome little fellow.
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He is gorgeous 001_smile:
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