On 6/29/05, Michael L wrote:
> 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.
> Michael L
(She) does seem to match more with the pied, because there are no
marking at all on the tail.