More Kakariki questions
- Hi Terry and others,
I am hoping (now that we have more information) that perhaps some-one can
put a name to this particular mutation. Keep in mind these are Australian
Kakariki and I have never seen this before. The birds in question are the
ones we have sent in pictures of before. I have this time included a close
up of the head and in particular eye area. You will notice that the skin
colour around the eye is very light whereas the normal cinnamon has a much
darker colour in this area. The iris is also a very bright red (this is much
darker in the cinnamon) and in the sunlight the rest of the eye appears to
be a plum colour and not the black of the cinnamon bird. We have also bred
B.E.C. birds that have a plum coloured eye of similar colour.
The other area that is different is in the skin colour of the feet and toes.
This is a consistent colour similar to the colour around the eye and not as
dark as the cinnamon. We have 2 young birds inside that are being hand
raised and at 6 weeks of age they defianately have plum coloured eyes. At
this same stage the cinnamons we have hand raised would have dark eyes so
there is a definite difference.
The question is what could this mutation be. It is not the same as the
cinnamon mutation in the areas I have highlighted but does carry a similar
overall colour. Could this be a form of dilute or is it a form of red eyed
cinnamon. The full coloured yellows (BEC) maintains the plum eyed colour but
this is not as distinct as the red eye found in the mutation the Europeans
Some of our breeding BEC's do have lighter coloured areas of green in their
feathering. We naturally assumed this was cinnamon but have since worked out
it is this mutation. The puzzle becomes even more involved when you consider
that a Normal/BEC cock bird (shows no sign of this mutation) mated to a BEC
hen (that has the lighter feather colouring ) produces only cocks birds in
this mutation. We have paired one of these cock birds back to a BEC hen that
also displays the lighter feathering and have now produced cocks and hens.
When 2 birds of this mutation are paired we produce both cocks and hens in
the mutation and also the BEC. Any ideas.
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