Whether you're new to budgies or have been keeping them for a while you will probably have noticed that there are many different colours and patterns on different birds wings. In this post i hope to explain in plain english what each of these wing patterns are and how to recognise them.
You may have heard the term 'normal green/blue'. Rather than the colour the 'normal' part is refering to the wing pattern. Normal means that the wing pattern is the same as in wild budgies, black with yellow edging in a green budgie and white edging in a blue bird:
Spangle is another wing pattern that's easy to identify. A spangle budgie's wing markings will be the opposite of a normal budgie. So, the markings will be white with black edging.
Opaline budgies are recognisable by the lack of markings between their wings and also by paler head bars. Also, rather than white or yellow edging to the wings the wings will be edged in the body colour.
(2 opaline blues - left, compared to 2 normals - right)
The last wing pattern i will talk about is cinnamon. Rather than a change in pattern this is a change in wing colour from black to brown. You can get cinnamons in any of the previously mentioned wing patterns (normal, spangle, opaline). As well as changing the colour of the wings, cinnamon also reduces the body colour leaving a very pale coloured bird.
(normal cinnamon blue compared to a normal green)
Feel free to ask questions if any of this has just gone straight over your head.