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Re: What kind of lovebird is this/ Jessica

Posted by Jessica on 5/23/07
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    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.
    > KB
    > 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 :)
    >> KB
    >> On 5/22/07, Jessica wrote:
    >>> KB,
    >>> 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.
    >>> Jessica
    >>> On 5/20/07, KB wrote:
    >>>> Anybody know what kind of Lovebird this is?
    >>>> Thanks!
    >>>> KB
    >>>> ebeadsA/