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Does Opaline have an effect on the colour of a bird?
From my experience it has not the only thing color wise it does is puts the body color through the wings

but I've never noticed any of my Opaline's to have lighter or Darker body color because it was Opaline - Other mutations mixed in can though and that's what changes mine's body color
 

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1. Lightens body colour by about 5-10 percent.
2. Cause body colour to be seen in the mantle. neck and wings.
3. Tail will loose colour from the base of the tail to varying degrees down the length of the tail.
4. The underwing stripe is extended to the point of it being visible from the top side and when the wing is folded and against the body you will see a small area of white or yellow referred to as a 'wing mirror'.
5. Removes melanin from the down making it show as snow white.
6. Has a tendancy to produce more melanin in the feathers making some specimens look extremely black in the markings.
 
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6. Has a tendancy to produce more melanin in the feathers making some specimens look extremely black in the markings.
Hi RIP!

That's interesting. I have an opaline hen whose black markings pop out more than my other birds. This must be why.

I have also noticed that when I have opaline and greywing on the same bird, the markings get sort of "doubly" washed out, so that they almost look spangle, but not quite. And someone somewhere said that opaline can wash out the wing markings. Maybe they were referring to how some of the black is removed, to let the body color show through?

By the way, it's nice to see you on here. Might be incentive for me to come on here more! :D

-Budgiedin (A.K.A. 'Finnie')
 

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If a bird is split to opaline, how will that appear on the bird?

One of my normals is light green with green through wings but not on upper back (see photos). Is he split for opaline?
When the body colour shows on the wings of a normal budgie it is called opalescence. Sometimes male birds showing opalescence will be split for opaline but it is not a positive indication. Females can show opalescence too but they can't be split for opaline
 

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When the body colour shows on the wings of a normal budgie it is called opalescence. Sometimes male birds showing opalescence will be split for opaline but it is not a positive indication. Females can show opalescence too but they can't be split for opaline
Very interesting. Thank you! :D
 

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Hi RIP!

That's interesting. I have an opaline hen whose black markings pop out more than my other birds. This must be why.

I have also noticed that when I have opaline and greywing on the same bird, the markings get sort of "doubly" washed out, so that they almost look spangle, but not quite. And someone somewhere said that opaline can wash out the wing markings. Maybe they were referring to how some of the black is removed, to let the body color show through?

By the way, it's nice to see you on here. Might be incentive for me to come on here more! :D

-Budgiedin (A.K.A. 'Finnie')
G'day mate. I am not here too much, just when I have time. Have been super busy this week.

Nev I have to disagree with your take on Opalescence. That is the same as saying a spot on the back of the head is a split Danish and I can tell you that isn't true. In the wild the budgie has green in the wing feathers just not as noticable as this bird.
 

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G'day mate. I am not here too much, just when I have time. Have been super busy this week.

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Me too. :)

I also read somewhere that a lot of budgies have body color in their wings, but it's not visible under the wing markings, and it's not until the opaline gene removes some of the black, that we see the color.

I wish I remember where I read that. I think is was in an interview with a show breeder.
 

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Nev I have to disagree with your take on Opalescence. That is the same as saying a spot on the back of the head is a split Danish and I can tell you that isn't true. In the wild the budgie has green in the wing feathers just not as noticable as this bird.
I was trying to point out that it is only an indicator not a positive sign.

It has often been stated incorrectly on these forums that opalescence is a definite indication which it is not
 

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I was trying to point out that it is only an indicator not a positive sign.

It has often been stated incorrectly on these forums that opalescence is a definite indication which it is not
I apologise to you Nev. I have had a really bad week and misread your post.
 

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Me too. :)

I also read somewhere that a lot of budgies have body color in their wings, but it's not visible under the wing markings, and it's not until the opaline gene removes some of the black, that we see the color.

I wish I remember where I read that. I think is was in an interview with a show breeder.
Actually there is a lot of stuff in the wild budgie that we don't really see much anymore in the domesticated version. For instance if you look at a normal light green you will see a brownish-cinnamon hue in the undualtions and the black is not really a deep black. Through selection we have changed it slightly to eliminate the brown colour and enhance the black to create better contrast.
 

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The one on the left


then her from the side


Grey Cinnamon Opaline


Clear flight pied opaline -male


Clear flight pied Opaline -female


Grey Spangle Opaline


Clear flight Pied Greywing Opaline


both birds hanging off the cage wire are Opaline's

 

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Thanks, Safin. Atvchick, something is wrong with my computer. I can only see the second last picture. Did you upload the pictures using photobucket? For some reason my comp doesn't want to show photos from photobucket.
 
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