While photographing my skyblue normal female Bella today for another thread, I saw something I hadn't seen before - a violet splash of color near her collar. I know this is where violet tends to show up and identify itself, and know of no other mutation that does this. She LOOKS like a normal skyblue, but is she carrying the violet gene as well? I know it isn't technically "hidden" if she is, but sometimes difficult to identify in skyblues and mauves.
Attached are the photos in which I spotted the violet on her collar. Any guesses?
Just a question, are these pictures taken with a flash?
The reason I ask is because it is hard to see violet when the pictures are taken with a flash. Usually the best way to photograph violets is in natural lighting.
Yes they were taken with a flash. It seems the violet splotches that usually show up near the neck area in violets are more easily visible with flash. I have several birds with violet and while you can see the violet coloring without flash, with flash, to me it's a more definitive way to identify the gene.
I question violet in this bird because I have seen absolutely no violet with my naked eye while observing her, yet it has shown up here in the photo.
Here is a link to another photo of mine taken with flash that shows the violet gene:
Having said that, I will take a photo of Bella tomorrow without flash, however, I seriously doubt there will be any indication of violet. As I mentioned, I didn't even consider her to carry violet until I saw this bit of violet near her collar area that became visible only because I did use flash.
Nope. Shes about as sky blue as they come Maaany budgies have areas of darker colouring around the neck and the rump, cobalts are the biggest culprits for it but sky blues can do it too.
Yes, this is what I assumed was the deal, but it's good to hear confirmation. It would have been cool for her to have carried the violet, but I knew that chance was pretty far reaching based on having never seen any hint of violet with my naked eye.