On 6/29/05, Robert E. wrote:
> 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?
Lightback are very symetrically colored birds and have a dilute
look to the entire body.
Since there is this white spot you speak of, I'm going to say
that you have pied birds. There are varying degrees of piedness,
from one white feather, to entirely white birds. Yes, white
birds are extremely heavy pieds.
As long as the gene is there, they can produce pieds that are
much heavier than the original parent coloring.