I previously classified my male budgie Citrus as being recessive pied opaline, but given that some of his chicks present with the clearflight pied mutation, Iíve started classifying him as clearflight, too.
Forgetting that recessive pied and clearflight make the combination mutation dark eyed clear (which was thankfully brought to my attention by Toni), I mistakenly classified him as having both mutations at once.
It is possible that he presents with dominant pied instead of recessive, but I had thought that his patterning was far too scarce for that to be the case. Whatís going on here?
He has a blue cere (with pied patches) and looks to have an iris ring, so not a recessive pied. He is a dominant pied, either a heavily marked double factor (are all his chicks pieds?) or maybe split for recessive pied and it has had an effect on him, or just a lightly marked dominant pied. If you could list what his chicks look like it may help.
There are probably many genes we do not know about that influence how pieds look, he is very pretty either way!