Re: Another mutation question... different pic
Posted by Evelyn on 6/19/06
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
> 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