Budgie Parakeet Colors, Varieties, Mutations and Genetics

Budgie parakeets come in so many colors and mutations they remind me of jellybeans! These birds are part of our family flock.

Color Mutations

Budgerigars

Wild-type Budgerigars of the classic green variety

In the wild, Budgie Parakeets are green with yellow, with black stripes and markings, and dark blue-green-black flight and tail feathers. Captive breeding programs, however, have produced Budgies in almost every color of the rainbow, except red and pink. They are so colorful, they remind me of jellybeans!

All captive budgerigars are divided into two basic series of colors: white-based (includes skyblue, cobalt, mauve, gray, violet, and white) and yellow-based (includes light-green, dark-green, gray-green, olive, and yellow). There are at least 32 primary mutations in the budgerigar, enabling hundreds of possible secondary mutations and color varieties.

Base Color: White (includes skyblue, cobalt, mauve, gray, violet, and white)

Dark Factor in White Series

There are 3 color variations for both the white (blue) series and the yellow (green) series birds. In the white series, the dark factor genes make these color variations:

White (blue) series:
0 dark factors = skyblue
1 dark factors = cobalt
2 dark factors = mauve

Albinos and DF spangles still have dark factors but they are not visual.

Albino male American parakeet "Cory"

Budgerigar

Gray greywing American parakeet. The bars on the forehead indicate this is a baby.

Skyblue Cinnamon-Wing English Budgie "Ontario"

Yellowface cobalt male American parakeet "Pluto"

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Violet greywing American parakeet "Polly"

Base Color: Yellow (includes light-green, dark-green, gray-green, olive, and yellow)

Dark Factor in Yellow Series

There are 3 color variations for both the white (blue) series and the yellow (green) series birds. In the yellow series, the dark factor genes make these color variations:

Yellow (green) series:
0 dark factors = light Green
1 dark factors = dark Green
2 dark factors = olive

Mutations like lutinos and DF spangles still have dark factors but they are not visual.

Lutino American Parakeet "Lemondrop"

Light green opaline spangle English budgie x American parakeet mix "Jupiter"

Dark green English budgie x American parakeet cross "Picasso"

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Grey-green opaline English budgie "Patootie"

Gray Factor

Gray-Green Opaline baby male English Budgie ("Patootie")

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Violet Factor

Violet greywing American parakeet "Polly"

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Dilution

In addition to a dark factor, budgies may also have a degree of dilution. There are four types of dilution: Greywing, Full-Body-Color Greywing, Clearwing, and Dilute:

Dilute

Dilute opaline blue American parakeet "Blue Belle"

When a budgie has two of the recessive Dilute genes, its markings and color are about 70% washed out when compared to a normal.

Greywing

Greywing blue American Parakeet "Polly"

Greywing light-green American parakeet "Mellow Yellow"

A homozygous Greywing (or a Greywing budgie with the recessive Dilute gene) has gray wing markings and a 50% diluted body color.

Full-Body-Color Greywing

Full-Body Color Greywing light green American parakeet "Bandit"

When a budgie has both the Greywing and Clearwing gene, it is a Full-Body-Color Greywing with grey wing markings and bright body color.

Clearwing

Clearwing dark green American parakeet "Dijon"

A homozygous Clearwing (or a Clearwing budgie with the recessive Dilute gene) has less pigment in the wings, causing very light markings, and more pigment in the body feathers, causing a bright body color.

Dilution Breeding Outcomes:

Normal – dominant
Greywing – recessive, co-dominant with clearwing
Clearwing – recessive, co-dominant with greywing
Dilute – recessive

normal + normal => normal
normal + greywing => normal split greywing
normal + clearwing => normal split clearwing
normal + dilute => normal split dilute
greywing + greywing => greywing
greywing + clearwing => full body color greywing
greywing + dilute => greywing split dilute
clearwing + clearwing => clearwing
clearwing + dilute => clearwing split dilute
dilute + dilute => dilute

Two full-body-color greywings =
50% Full-body-color greywing
25% Greywing
25% Clearwing

Ino (Lutino / Albino)

Lutino (solid yellow with red/pink eyes) American parakeet, “Lemon Drop”

Albino American parakeet

The ino gene removes all the melanin (the substance that creates all the dark colors) removed, so a blue series budgie becomes white (Albino) and a green series one become yellow (Lutino). The gene also removes the dark shade from the skin and beak leaving them with pink legs and an orange beak. The dark color of the eye is also gone leaving a red eye with a white iris ring, and the cheek patches are silvery white. It removes the blue shade from the cocks cere too so he’ll have a pink/purple colored cere; the hen’s cere is the usual white to brown shade. Because usually only the white and yellow colors are left, an ino can hide the fact that it also has other varieties present genetically. The only varieties that show are the yellow faces or golden faces and they are only obvious on an albino budgie.

Ino (Albino / Lutino) Breeding Outcomes:

The ino gene is sex-linked and recesssive:

ino x ino =
-100% ino

ino cock x normal hen =
-50% normal/ino cocks
-50% ino hens

normal cock x ino hen =
-50% normal/ino cocks
-50% normal hens

normal/ino cock x normal hen =
-25% normal cocks
-25% normal/ino cocks
-25% ino hens
-25% normal hens

Yellowface

Yellowface blue English budgie "3 Point Play"

Yellowface budgies are in between yellow-based budgies and white-based budgies and the genetics are complicated. There are different degrees of the level of yellow pigment but it is less than the yellow-based variety. The double factor birds contain less yellow than single factor birds. The Yellowface mutation is possible in all of the blue series birds, including Albinos, Dark-Eyed Clears, Grays, Violets and in all their three depths of shade (ie. Skyblue, Cobalt, Mauve). Green series birds can mask a Yellowface character, and they can carry both Yellowface and Blue splits at the same time. Visually, there are two types of Yellowface: Type 1 and Type 2:

Type 1 Yellowface:

Yellowface type 1 cobalt (or skyblue SF violet) clearflight or dominant pied opaline American parakeet, "Rainbow".

In Type 1, the yellow is confined to the mask feathers, plus maybe the peripheral tail feathers, only. The body feathers are normally colored.

Type 2 Yellowface:

Yellowface type 2 skyblue Greywing American Parakeet. The Yellowface type 2 mutation "bleeds" down into the blue body color, creating a seafoam-green effect. "Mint Julep"

Yellowface type 2 American parakeet, "Navaho". Note that in the YF 2 mutation, the yellow spreads into the blue body color to create turquoise.

Type 2 Yellowface budgies have yellow in the mask feathers and tail, just like the Type 1. However, after the first molt at around 3 months of age, the yellow diffuses into the body color and creates a new color, depending on the original color. The single factor (SF) Yellowface 2 Skyblue variety is like a normal Light Green but has a very bright body color midway between blue and green — a shade often called sea-green or turquoise. The body feathers of the SF Yellowface 2 Cobalt are bottle-green and in the SF Yellowface 2 Mauve they are a mixture of mauve and olive. The double factor (DF) Yellowface 2 Skyblue variety is very similar to the Yellowface 1 Skyblue, but the yellow pigmentation is brighter, and tends to leak into the body feathers to a greater extent.

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In combination with the Blue, Opaline and Clearwing mutations, the single factor (SF) Yellowface 2 mutation produces the variety called Rainbow.

Yellowface Breeding Outcomes:

The yellowface type 2 gene is dominant to the yellowface type 1, meaning that it is visually expressed and the type 1 is masked in a genotypically type 1 x type 2 bird. When two yellowface type 1 skyblues are paired together, half the chicks will be yellowface type 1 skyblues and half will be normal skyblues in appearance. But half of these apparent skyblues will be double factor (DF) yellowface 1′s. Here are the breeding expectations using punnett squares:

Yellow face budgie Punnet Squares

Striping Pattern Mutations

Cinnamon

Grey-Green Cinnamon-Wing English Budgie "Homewood"

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Cinnamon Light Green Opaline Budgie (photo by Sebastian Ritter)

All the markings which appear black or dark gray in the Normal appear brown in the Cinnamon. The Cinnamon markings on cocks tend to be darker than on hens. The long tail feathers are lighter than Normals. The body color and cheek patches are much paler, being about half the depth of color of the Normal. The feathers of Cinnamons appear tighter than Normals, giving a silky appearance. The eyes of the newly-hatched Cinnamon are not black like the eyes of Normals, but deep plum-colored. This color can be seen through the skin before the eyes open. A few days after the eyes open, the eye darkens and is then barely distinguishable from the that of a Normal chick, but by this time the difference in down color is visible: Normal chicks have gray down, but Cinnamon (and Opaline and Ino) chicks have white. The skin of Cinnamon chicks is also redder than Normal’s, and this persists into adulthood: the feet of Cinnamons are always pink rather than bluey-gray. The beak tends to be more orange in color.

In birds, the cock has two X chromosomes and the hen has one X and one Y chromosome. So in hens whichever allele is present on the single X chromosome is fully expressed in the phenotype. Hens cannot be split for Cinnamon (or any other sex-linked mutation). In cocks, because Cinnamon is recessive, the Cinnamon allele must be present on both X chromosomes (homozygous) to be expressed in the phenotype. Cocks which are heterozygous for Cinnamon are identical to the corresponding Normal. Such birds are said to be split for Cinnamon. The Cinnamon with Ino can create the Lacewing variety.

Cinnamon Breeding Outcomes:

Cinnamon is a sex-linked recessive gene:

cinnamon x cinnamon =
-100% cinnamon

cinnamon cock x normal hen =
-50% normal/cinnamon cocks
-50% cinnamon hens

normal cock x cinnamon hen =
-50% normal/cinnamon cocks
-50% normal hens

normal/cinnamon cock x normal hen =
-25% normal cocks
-25% normal/cinnamon cocks
-25% cinnamon hens
-25% normal hens

normal/cinnamon cock x cinnamon hen =
-25% normal cocks
-25% normal/cinnamon cocks
-25% cinnamon hens
-25% normal hens

Opaline

On the left is a normal marked parakeet. On the right is an Opaline. (Left: "Dumbledore". Right: "Rowling").

The striping pattern on the head feathers is reversed so that there are thicker white areas and thinner black stripes. Another feature of this mutation is that the body feather color runs through the stripes on the back of the neck and down through the wing feathers. Opaline budgies’ tails are characteristically patterned with light and colored areas running down the tail feather. Most Opalines show a brighter body color than the corresponding non-Opaline, particularly in nest feather and in the rump area. The Opaline (and the Cinnamon) can be identified at a very early age because the color of the down feathers of the young nestling are white instead of the usual gray.

Opaline Breeding Outcomes:

Opaline is a sex-linked recessive gene:

opaline x opaline =
-100% opaline

opaline cock x normal hen =
-50% normal/opaline cocks
-50% opaline hens

normal cock x opaline hen =
-50% normal/opaline cocks
-50% normal hens

normal/opaline cock x normal hen =
-25% normal cocks
-25% normal/opaline cocks
-25% opaline hens
-25% normal hens

normal/opaline cock x opaline hen =
-25% normal cocks
-25% normal/opaline cocks
-25% opaline hens
-25% normal hens

Spangle

Violet-blue opaline SINGLE FACTOR spangle American parakeet x English budgie, "Mars".

Opaline DOUBLE FACTOR SPANGLE English budgie, "Sunny".

SINGLE Factor Spangle: The markings on the wings, the throat spots and the tail feathers are altered on the single factor Spangle. The feathers have a white or yellow edge, then a thin black pencil line, then the center of the feather is yellow or white. The throat spots are often all or partly missing but if present look like targets, with a yellow or white center. The long tail feathers can be like the wing feathers with a thin line near the edge, or they may be plain white, yellow or solid dark blue as in a normal.

DOUBLE Factor Spangle: Pure white or yellow bird, though sometimes with a slight suffusion of body color.

Both types of Spangle have normal dark eyes with a white iris ring and normal ceres. Their feet and legs can be gray or fleshy pink. They can have either violet or silvery white cheek patches (or a mixture of both).

Spangle Breeding Outcomes:

Spangle is an incomplete dominant gene. This means it has three forms: the non-spangle, the single factor spangle and the double factor spangle. Spangle genetics sometimes do not act as expected.

normal x single factor spangle:
- 50% normal
- 50% single factor spangle

normal x double factor spangle:
- 100% single factor spangle

single factor spangle x single factor spangle
- 25% normal
- 50% single factor spangle
- 25% double factor spangle

single factor spangle x double factor spangle
- 50% single factor spangle
- 50% double factor spangle

double factor spangle x double factor spangle
- 100% double factor spangle

Pied Mutations

All pied budgerigars are characterized by having irregular patches of completely clear feathers appearing anywhere in the body, head or wings. These clear feathers are pure white in blue-series birds and yellow in birds of the green series. Such patches are completely devoid of black melanin pigment. The remainder of the body is colored normally.

Dominant Pied

Skyblue dominant pied American parakeet "Rain"

Dark Green SF Dominant Pied baby male American parakeet "Tuxedo"

Skyblue opaline dominant pied female American parakeet, "Paisley".

The white iris ring identifies this as a DOUBLE FACTOR (DF) Dominant Pied Skyblue adult female American Parakeet. "Mostly Cloudy"

Skyblue odd-eyed pied (double-factor dominant/split recessive) American parakeet. Her left eye has an eye-ring but the right eye doesn't. "Cloudy Too"

Recessive Pied

Light Green Recessive Pied male American Parakeet "Sunshine"

Light green opaline recessive pied American parakeet "Wesley"

Clearflight Pied

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The Clearflight Pied has two main characteristics: a clear patch on the back of the head and, ideally, completely clear primary flight and long tail feathers. All other features are normal. Sometimes the major coverts (row of feathers above the flight feathers) are also clear. Usually there are some small patches of clear body feathers up around the neck. Poorly marked Clearflight Pieds can look like Recessive Pieds, but they can be distinguished from them by the white iris ring, which is always present in adult Clearflights. Some specimens may also resemble Australian Pieds but may be distinguished from them by two characteristics: Clearflights have normally colored blue-gray feet (Dominant Pieds usually have pink feet), and second, if they possess extensive clear areas on the breast, these always extends down from the mask whereas the clear areas of a Dominant Pied are always lower down on the abdomen with an area of normal body color immediately below the mask and separated from it by a sharp dividing line

The inheritance pattern of Clearflight Pied is the same as Dominant Pied. However, Clearflight Pied is unrelated to either Dominant Pied or Recessive Pied, and a budgie can have any combination of the three pieds at the same time. There are only two alleles for Clearflight Pied: the normal gene and the Clearflight Pied gene. The Clearflight Pied gene is completely dominant to the recessive normal gene. This means that a single-factor (sf) Clearflight Pied looks the same as the double-factor (df) Clearflight Died.

Dark-Eyed Clear

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Dark-eyed Clears are completely clear (yellow or white) with no trace of the ghost markings often seen in Inos. The eye stays solid black (which can appear a dark plum color in some lights) with no visible iris ring, like Recessive Pieds. The Dark-Eyed Clear’s dark eyes never lighten with age. The cheek patches are silvery white, and the beak, cere and feet are also like those of the Recessive Pied. The cere of the male Dark-Eyed Clear does not change normally: adult male Dark-Eyed Clears have purple ceres; adult female Dark-Eyed Clears have the normal white/tan/brown ceres.

Dark-eyed Clears are a combination of the Recessive Pied and Clearflight Pied mutations, having two Recessive Pied alleles and either one or two Clearflight Pied alleles. When Clearflight Pieds are paired with Recessive Pieds and the resulting Clearflights/Recessive Pied young are paired back to Recessive Pieds, some birds are produced with one Clearflight Pied allele and two Recessive Pied alleles.

Rare Mutations

Texas Clearbody

The young hen on the left is a Texas Clearbody, considered a rare mutation. I photographed her sitting next to the young normal green hen (right) to show what it means: Texas Clearbodies can be either all yellow or all white with black markings -- the best ones have very little green or blue suffusion in their feathers.

Opaline gray-green Texas Clearbody (a rare mutation; visually all mustard yellow throughout with black markings), American x English cross. “Georgia O’Keeffe”

Texas Clearbody Breeding Outcomes

The Texas Clearbody is sex-linked recessive to normal but sex-linked dominant over Ino.

Ino cock × Clearbody hen
50% Clearbody/Ino cocks
50% Ino hens

Clearbody cock × Ino hen
50% Clearbody/Ino cocks
50% Clearbody hens

Clearbody/Ino cock × Ino hen
25% Clearbody/Ino cocks
25% Ino cocks
25% Clearbody hens
25% Ino hens

Clearbody/Ino cock × Clearbody hen
25% Clearbody cocks
25% Clearbody/Ino cocks
25% Clearbody hens
25% Ino hens

Normal/Clearbody cock × Ino hen
25% Clearbody/Ino cocks
25% Normal/Ino cocks
25% Clearbody hens
25% Normal hens

Clearbody cock × Normal hen
50% Normal/Clearbody cocks
50% Clearbody hens

Clearbody/Ino cock × Normal hen
25% Normal/Clearbody cocks
25% Normal/Ino cocks
25% Clearbody hens
25% Ino hens

Normal/Clearbody cock × Clearbody hen
25% Normal/Clearbody cocks
25% Clearbody cocks
25% Clearbody hens
25% Normal hens

Normal/Clearbody cock × Normal hen
25% Normal/Clearbody cocks
25% Normal cocks
25% Clearbody hens
25% Normal hens

Normal cock × Clearbody hen
50% Normal/Clearbody cocks
50% Normal hens

Clearbody cock × Clearbody hen
50% Clearbody cocks
50% Clearbody hens

Normal/Ino cock × Clearbody hen
25% Clearbody/Ino cocks
25% Normal/Clearbody cocks
25% Ino hens
25% Normal hens

Lacewing

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Sophie July 11, 2011 at 8:05 am

Hi there, im trying to breed my budgies at the moment, the female is a dark eyed white, and the male is a violet colbat, what would i get out of them?

dickie craig October 7, 2011 at 1:27 am

I have breed a lutino yellow pink eyes male with a solid white black eyes female.What color babies should i expect. thank you

Puppies Are Prozac October 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

@Dickie Craig: Since Ino is sex-linked, you’ll get 100% visual Lutino females, and 100% males split to Lutino (hidden). It sounds like the female is a double-factor Spangle (confirm that she has white iris rings) in which case all babies will be Spangles. If the male is split to white-based (blue) then you’ll get 50% white-based (blue) and 50% yellow-based (green); if he’s not split then all babies will be yellow-based (green). Best of luck! ~Jen

dev anand October 9, 2011 at 1:32 am

I hav a pair of wild green budgie male and yellow bodied with little amount of green female…thn wat will be the color of their small budgies……….??? till now their babies are dilute green colorr,,,yellow bodied,,,and grey with blue….these are the colors i got frm that pair…..can i expect any more colorrr???

Puppies Are Prozac October 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

@Dev Anand: Sounds like both parents are split for blue and greywing (recessives). Mom sounds like a pied — if she’s a dominant pied, then half the babies will be pied. But if she’s a recessive pied, then none — unless the dad is split for recessive pied.

How many clutches have they had? Make sure you remove their nest box to give them a rest. They should have no more than 2 clutches a year.

Puppies Are Prozac October 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

@Sophie: You can expect all white-based babies (white, grey, blue, violet) and some pieds (dark-eyed clears are a combo of clearflight pied and recessive pied). If you don’t know their pedigrees, you may find some surprises with hidden recessive mutations cropping up as well.

Hailey December 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I am a parakeet owner and would like to make sure from an expert about something. The cere above their beeks can identify their gender, and from what I’ve gathered a blue or purple one means a boy and a brown one means a girl. But if you get young parakeets do their cere change color a bit before they get a bit older? And if so how long until the color settles? I’m hoping I didn’t get the incorrect gender!

G.M.Smith December 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

I need advice regarding a new Dominant Pied mutation in Ringnecks. I suspect it to be the similar mutation as Clearflight in budgerigars, but I get completely confused between the different Dom Pied budgerigar mutations,– Dom Pied, Clearflight, Clearbody and Easly Clearbody, Clearwing, Spangle and then Danish, Dutch, Australian.

Will anyone help. I specifically suspect it to be Clearflight. Does anyone have a picture of a Turquoiseblue Clearflight, an Opaline Clearflight or a Opaline Turquoiseblue Clearflight?

Deon Smith
South Africa

Edith December 15, 2011 at 11:44 am

I have an white parakeet with red eyes. She has purple cheek patches, her beak is orange and has pink feet. She has hints of very light yellow on her sides. I’m not sure if she would be an albino. Her eyes are red and she has the orange beak and pink legs but the cheek patches and bits of yellow throw me off.

ash January 3, 2012 at 5:18 am

Hello! I have a toughie for you, (at least I think so) I have a male skyblue greywing, and the female I just got and am trying to figure her out, but what she looks like is a olive green recessive pied, the “spots” on her wings looks like the average black, but some spots are brown? She’s a cute little weirdo! Lol! But what color mutation do you think I would get with these two? I can’t make heads or tails of the charts. (They are aptly named Frank Sinatra & Robin Bird) thanks! :)

Puppies Are Prozac January 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Ash: The only dominant gene here is green… so you will get greens. The rest of the mutations between your pair are recessives: blue, greywing, recessive pied. So only if your hen is split for blue will you get some blues; if she’s split for greywing, you’ll get some greywings. Only if the male is split for recessive pied will you’ll get some RP.

Puppies Are Prozac January 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I wrote about how to tell young budgie’s gender on my FAQ page: http://puppiesareprozac.com/budgie-parakeet/as-pets-faq/

ash January 14, 2012 at 4:14 am

Thanks for informative help. I plan on breeding these two within the year, and believe me, I have done my homework on the subject, and plan to do some experimenting on different breeding ideas. The only subject I didn’t quite understand is the color variations and how they turn out when crossed. So again thanks for the help. :D

Rakesh February 9, 2012 at 4:15 am

Hi, Rakesh here I have a wild green english female Budgie n I want to buy a male for her, I dont want her babies to be of green color so pls tell me which color male should I bring, so that I’l get different color babies( atleast other than green).
Thanku

Puppies Are Prozac February 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Rakesh, if your green budgie is NOT split for blue, then you will get all green babies. If the hen IS split for blue and you pair her with a blue male, you should expect 50% greens and 50% blues. Remember, green is dominant over blue.

Frances May 1, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hi, I’m trying to breed a black budgie (really dark grey budgies) or anthracites. What cock/hen colours do I need to get to try for that? I have a yellow face/dark grey with some dark green patches here and there on her front.Should I try her with what colour male to keep the dark in the genes?
Also trying to get yellow face/mauve (purple) as well. What do you suggest?
Thank you.

Puppies Are Prozac May 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm

@Frances: To get an anthracite chick, you need to start with an anthracite gene in the breeding pair. Likewise with violets. Mauve is a double factor dark, it isn’t a violet factor.

John Burak July 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

We just got a budgie with orange on her face, can that be?

Abhijit August 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I have a pair of sky blue parakeet. The female has recently laid 07 eggs and is brooding. She is only out from her nest when she wants to defecate or else rarely. The male is of-course found feeding the female very often. The basic diet that i give is mainly seeds. Do i need to add some supplement in the feed at this stage so that the female stays healthy? Among the offspring that are going to be hatched, can i expect one odd chick of different colour?

David Harris September 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

Hi,
Please do not call Budgies American Parakeets.
They are an australian bird .(Evolved and Endemic)
They are not an american bird .
Thankyou

Rain October 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

HI, I was just wondering if there is any way to enhance a budgies color, whether by its diet or supplements. My 8 week old budgie seems both violet and cobalt, i’m leaning to the violet side. also, can color be indicative of any health issues, as in, does poor color equal to poor health?
thank you for your time!

Me November 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

If I were trying to breed yellowface cobalt American and a wild type budgerigar that was green, wat would I get, and what are these birds seperate genotypes

Caci December 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

Hi there I have a female lutino, and the male is a yellow face clearwing opaline, what colors of the babies should I expect, also the female has white tip on her tail and two very light dark spots, one on wing the other on her cheek, is she truly a lutino, if not what is she, they are young right now though

Danny December 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

5 parakeets and I have 2 that have been with me for 4 months could they mate? And I have The Blue parakeet is a Girl supposevely she has a little pink whitish beak and the Yellow which is a male has a blue Beak pls someone help I want to breed these two :) Thank you

Yvonne Laguna February 17, 2013 at 11:52 am

Hi, I have a american budgie that we think is a Male, it does not play with very many of the toys in it’s huge flight cage. If I get another male to go with him, will they still play with toys in the cage or only each other? Let me know Thanks. Also I will be Bringing two handfed baby males home soon, if I want to train them to talk, should I keep them in different cages? Let me know soon Thanks.

Marissa.salas March 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

How to breed parakeets?

Dore-Leigh March 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I have two budgies one with a white tag an the other with a blue and white tag. One is white with red like eyes the other is blue with white and grey fethers. We had three Birds come with them with out tags and 2 of them are white with some black and blue on their tail. One of them were yellow with black on the head I am wondering if they are the babies of the white and blue one

Natasha March 24, 2013 at 9:49 pm

This page with its HD visual pictures was really helpful. I love these little guys and I do believe I’ve had the slate, both regulars, recessive pied and opaline budgies before. Thanks!

turk March 27, 2013 at 2:17 am

dear sir/madam,

thank you very much for your valuable site. very interesing.

i was looking for creation of pied, would you kindly guide me how i can make paied if i have albino and pure violet wither single factor or double factor please?

many thanks,

turk

Kelly A August 4, 2013 at 2:26 am

Hi just wondering I have 17 budgies and I have notice that some of them have got blue feet were pink and some have patches of blue one there pink feet , could there be a problem with them . regards Kelly

Murhaf August 4, 2013 at 4:16 am

Dear Sirs

I would really thank you for this fascinating and beneficial site that contains alot of information about budgies mutations. Secondly, I have two pairs of budgies and I would like to know about their breed. I have a dominant pied cock (white belly and a grey spot under the tail as well as white wings streaked with black stripes, additionally black stripes on the head with a plain white spot on the front of the head) and a sky blue hen. The second pair : the cock is recessive pied (yellow color with two green spots on the belly and under the tail) and the hen is dominant pied light green belly with yellow head and streaks of black on the wings.
Finally, I would be so grateful if u have answers to my questions about what the offspring of my budges can be.

Kindest regards;

Murhaf

BirdLover85 August 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thanks for the help on this site. I found that I have an opaline grey Texas clear body. I would post photos but wasn’t sure how to on here. I wanted to make sure that is right. She is canary yellow, no green, only some slight brownish grey spots on her and grey wing tips. She’s more canary than parakeet lol

zeonii September 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

My budgie is white and brown with a purple belly. Not just brown markings his colour his full on brown. I have not seen this before. Anyone have any ideas with this came from? I can send a photo if you wish to see.

Puppies Are Prozac October 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I’d love to see a photo showing your budgie’s brown body color. What gender and how old is it?

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