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If a bird has genes for both dominant and recessive pied, will it show or does one mask the other?

If not, what would the budgie look like?
 

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If a bird has genes for both dominant and recessive pied, will it show or does one mask the other?

If not, what would the budgie look like?
The dominant pied will show in some or all of the chicks depending on if it is a single factor or double factor regardless of what the other parent is. For the recessive pied to show the other parent would have to carry the gene in split or visual form too :)

A bird can be visually recessive and dominant pied, they often have very few markings though so unless you know for 100% sure what the parents are sometimes the only way to know is by breeding :)
 

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The bird in this picture is fairly typical of a budgie showing both recessive pied and dominant pied combined. The points to look for are very few markings, a small amount of colour high on the chest, completely clear flight feathers, usually no iris rings, if male - a pink cere, usually an orange beak.

Sometimes a double factor dominant pied will look very similar

 

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Oh how lovely. :)

Thank you both for the explanation.
 
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