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Re: Another mutation question... different pic

Posted by Jessica on 6/19/06
(5) Comments

    I suppose there could always be another explanation. However,
    the parents are not clearly black masked, either. Cobalt and
    slate masked lovebirds should have pure black faces. The faces
    of the two birds in this photo are both grey.

    If the parent birds are not pure masked and have some fischer in
    their backgrounds, then the offspring they produce will have
    varying degrees of masked & fischer in them. You will more than
    likely see some babies that have darker faces than others.

    The addition of a single "ino" gene is not visually discernable
    in masked lovebirds, other than in the dilute mutation (which
    neither of the parent birds are). Cobalt or slate masked
    lovebirds that have a single "ino" factor will look identical to
    those that do not. Besides, if this did create a white band
    across the forehead, then at least one of the parents would have
    to have that white band, too, in order to pass it on to the

    The blue mutation first appeared (in the eye-ring species of
    lovebirds) in the masked lovebird. The way it was brought into
    the fischer lovebirds is by hybridizing blue masked lovebirds
    with fischers. Then these offspring were mated back with pure
    fischers. The goal is to try to bring the new color mutation
    over into the other species, and then breed out impurities that
    make the bird have characteristics of the other species. It
    takes many generations of selective breeding to create blue
    fischers that show all of the character traits of pure fischers
    plus the added blue mutation that orginally came from the
    masked. However, along the road, there are many "intermediate"
    birds that are out there that were created in the attempt to
    raise pure looking blue fischers.

    Below is a link to the ALBS picture library. You can go to the
    masked photo album and look at photos of the blue masked
    lovebirds there. There are several photos of cobalt blue masked
    and slate blue masked. You can also take a look in the fischer
    folder, and see what the blue fischer looks like.

    > Thanks Jessica... Here is a pic of the babie's parents.
    > Neither of them have the frontal band. Could there be another
    > explaination?

    ALBS Picture Library