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Hi all. EVERYONE knows more than I do about the possible mutations/genetics of a budgie. I just recently got curious about Liam b/c I have noticed how much less frequent the "less bright blue" budgies are in stores.
I used this site for info: http://www.***************/colorsguide.html
So I would guess his "dark factor" is two?
Would anyone venture that he has a "slate" mutation?

Thank you for your answers!
 

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Definitely not slate, and definitely not two dark factors. My Charlie is a double dark factor.
 

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i am no expert on slates, and i believe they are very rare.

he certainly looks just like a mauve, which means he does have two dark factors.
 

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My understanding was that two dark factors in a white-based bird meant "mauve", so I should have posted that in my original. Does anyone have a good picture of a "slate" to compare to my budgie? i understand it is rare, and I don't care whether he has it or not, I am just curious as to how to distinguish.

Per the tail-feather, it is slightly different with every molt and as he ages, but tends to be a black-navy blue. (See pictures, with and without a flash's influence)
 

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sorry teasha, he has violet cheek patches and a blue tail rather than blue or grey cheek patches and a black tail which grey birds have...;)
 

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sorry teasha, he has violet cheek patches and a blue tail rather than blue or grey cheek patches and a black tail which grey birds have...;)
:rolleyes: I'll never get this right, lol.
 
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