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Old 08-07-2018, 10:06 AM
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Default Feather mutation?

So, I was engaging in the very dangerous pastime of looking at budgies for sale online (just window shopping ) and found this little bird.
Gorgeous colouring but what is going on with the extra couple of feathers at the front of each wing?
Is just just a fluke or a recognised mutation such as the crested budgies?
Is this likely to change at all when the bird moults?
Is it associated with any other conditions?
Just curious!






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Those are actually normal feathers, all birds have them Sometimes they don't get tucked in properly after a flight and they stick out like that, but generally they are tucked in along the wing.

They're called the "alula" feathers
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This actually look like one of the feathers of the alula (a bird's thumb) which is not being held normally. These feathers on the thumb are, in flight, used to control maneuvering.
They're often not seen but depending on what happened to the bird before the photo could be related to how it was handled, causing displacement. Its normal placement, when the wing is folded, is mostly hidden. Certainly could be related to specific genes, just like most genetic problems in domesticated animals (including budgies). They're not extra feathers though....budgies do have thumbs, like most birds!
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Hey Star, I was typing while you were and you said the same thing with fewer words.
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Ooh!! Now that is a beautiful color

So now that you know it only has a little case of “messy hair” in the pic, are you considering bringing this cutie home?
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Well we learn something new everyday!

No Julie, just giving myself a large dose of temptation to manage.
Though If I was, I think ‘Alula’ actually sounds a lovely name
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I think so too, it'd be a cute reference to how you first saw him
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