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Re: Another mutation question... different pic

Posted by Evelyn on 6/19/06
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    WOW! Thank you so much for clearing that up. I am very much
    AGAINST hybridizing and here I have hybrids and didn't know it!

    On 6/19/06, Jessica wrote:
    > 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
    > offspring.
    > 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?