The second picture that you found is NOT a Danish redino (I know
it is labeled as such). And the one you found in orange is also
not a Danish redino. These birds are a different coloration and
are called "suffused" or "red suffused" birds.
Whether a "suffused" bird is red or orange in color dependson the
color of the face. I did, unfortunately, once have an orange-
faced lutino hen that turned into a suffused bird. Her body
changed to mostly orange instead of yellow as a lutino should be.
The thing about suffused or red suffused birds is that this is
a "mutation" that is not really well understood. There has not
yet been a genetic link found for it, as breeding them does not
produce the percentage of offspring in the same color as one would
expect with either a dominant, recessive, sex-linked, or co-
dominant trait would (all of the known mutations are passed down
in one of these ways). There is a lot of speculation about
whether or not these birds are sick in some way. Liver failure is
one of the primary concerns with suffused birds. Certain types of
liver disorders will change the pigments of the feathers (as they
will the skin pigments of a human -- ie. jaundice turns the skin
tone a yellowish color).
It does appear as though a suffused parent bird does have a higher
percentage of suffused babies than a bird in the regular
population (the occurance of this is still very low), however this
would make sense if it were a genetic liver (or other type of
physical) disorder and not just a color mutation.
Lutinos seem to be more susceptible than non-lutino birds. I
don't know why, but that's what I've gathered from other prominent
My orange suffused lutino hen actually ended up being diagnosed by
my vet with diabetes. She lived for several months after the
diagnosis on medications, but eventually died. :(
On 5/22/07, KB wrote:
> I spoke to soon Jessica, here is a link to view a similar bird.
> So pretty.
> On 5/22/07, KB wrote:
>> Thank you so much Jessica. I totally appreciate it. Boy its
>> too bad it was the only of its kind, it was so beautiful! I
>> looked up rare mutations and saw two birds, one was red and the
>> other was orange, but I forget what they called it. However
>> they were nothing close to this bird. If I find I will post
>> the link.
>> Again thanks for the info :)
>> On 5/22/07, Jessica wrote:
>>> I have this book at home and looked in it for you. This is
>>> a color mutation of the peach-faced lovebird. The author of
>>> the Colored Atlas of Lovebirds calls this mutation
>>> the "Danish redino." According to her, the pictured bird
>>> was hatched from a pair of lutino lovebirds in an aviary in
>>> Denmark in 1990. It is the only one that has ever been
>>> hatched and it died before it was old enough to breed and
>>> pass this mutation on to any offspring. Therefore, there
>>> are no others in existence.
>>> On 5/20/07, KB wrote:
>>>> Anybody know what kind of Lovebird this is?