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Mutations and Genetics Learn about budgie genetics and the wide variety of mutations.

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Post Common Wing Patterns

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.

Normal
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:

(normal green)

(normal blue)

Spangle
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.

(blue spangle)

Opaline
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)

Cinnamon
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.

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I understood that. Very informative.
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Im going to breed my budgies and I was just wondering what colour the babies would be. The female is Albino and the male has a yellow head and wings with a turquoisey body.
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Well unless the male is split to albino you wont get any more albinos, if the male is split to albino then you could possibly get albino females but not males. Otherwise i'm guessing you'll get yellowface and white face blues.
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Thanks, they sound lovely!
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what are my two birds. Electra is yellow. the head and wings and some of the body is yellow. and then it goes to green. and has black spots on her head and wings. then has blue spots on her cheecks then her tail is dark green then to black and yellow with some green. then the boy is light blue and with black on his back and head with a white head and blue cheeks.. then his tail is dark blue and white what do you think there babys would look like???? they are above..in the picture
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By the looks of them in your avatar i would say Electra is a light green dominant pied and the boy is a sky blue opaline which means that unless Electra had a blue parent all the babies will be green.
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thanks..... You are very smart
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thanks, it's taken a while to get this far and i still haven't learnt as much as other people i know!
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wow....bea. you impress me.....with your..........KNOWLAGE OF DOOM!!!!!!! Okay I just HAD to say that. sorry. lol.
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