On 6/29/05, Michael L wrote:
> On 6/29/05, Robert E. wrote:
>> The first of my babies has hopped out of the nest. It is
>> quite a beautiful bird, s/he is white, but with a grey head,
>> white cheeks, and the normal face stripe. There are no
>> markings on the tail or anything else other than the head
>> like I stated. Very very beautiful bird. Will this color
>> stay as an adult? What is is called?
> Is the 'normal face stripe' that you are referring to a tear
> drop under the eye?
> If so, it sounds as if it is a CFW or Chestnut Flanked White.
> They have pale grey heads when they fledge, but that goes
> away in time. Them males eventually develop chestnut-colored
> cheek patches and the hens do not.
> If it's not that, it could also be a very heavy pied.
> Of course if you have pictures, that would make it very easy
> to determine the mutation.
> Michael L
I am trying to get pictures, but where the digital camera went
during the move is anyone's guess. The parents appear to be
normal coloration, except the male has a white patch or feather
in the middle of his tail instead of the usual spots. I have
never been able to tell from websites the differences between
normal and lightback, is it possible the father is lightbacked?