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I think that this hen is a Cobalt dilute Opaline Spangle, but Ikm not surem what do you think?

Eye Bird Parrot Beak Wood

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Head Bird Eye Beak Human body .

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Maybe I can help, here is a bit of a breakdown of what I looked at :)

If you look at the body color it is your first clue that it would not be a clearwing, since it is diluted. A clearwing would not have anymore than 10% dilution: http://cutelittlebirdiesaviary.weebly.com/help-to-identify-clearwing-budgies.html

Then look at the throat spots, see how they have a brown hint to them? That is the first sign of cinnamon... and the pink feet back that up in addition to the dilution: http://cutelittlebirdiesaviary.weebly.com/help-to-identify-cinnamon-budgies.html

Then look at wings, notice the white areas in the center of each feather as well as the white cheek patches? Those are your sf spangle clues: http://cutelittlebirdiesaviary.weebly.com/help-to-identify-single-factor-spangle-budgies.html

Then notice body color, rather than a light brown edging on the wings? That is your opaline clue instead of just a cinnamon sf spangle, as well as the V shaped area of color on the neck/shoulder area:
http://cutelittlebirdiesaviary.weebly.com/help-to-identify-opaline-budgies.html

Hopefully that helped a bit! :)
 

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Thanks again, Lindsey. I've missed the throat spots and pink feet. When she started to get her feathers I also thought I see violet, but I want to see violet everywhere. Got the spangle and opaline part.
Cara, I think that I will never get this right!!
 

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Thanks again, Lindsey. I've missed the throat spots and pink feet. When she started to get her feathers I also thought I see violet, but I want to see violet everywhere. Got the spangle and opaline part.
Cara, I think that I will never get this right!!
Sure thing! The dilution mutations can be tricky, especially when combined with mutations that remove pigment. You can see her in person so you are the best judge! I am just going off of what I can see in the pics :) And violet is easy to see everywhere once you get a few in your flock really, they spread like wildfire :giggle:
 

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Thanks Lindsay! So why no brownish edging on the wing feathers at all? Does the opaline replace those with body color? I just expected opaline spangle to have body color on the wings but also have the spangle "swoops" at the edges too.
 

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OK, I googled it and that does appear to be the case. Opaline spangles do not have grey/black/cinnamon markings on their wings because it is replaced by the body color in a spangle pattern??

Apparently I really need to get a few spangles in my flock for the educational purposes!
 
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