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Budgie With 'gray' Tail

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I recently purchased a budgie which caught my eye at a pet shop. Although not the most visually stunning, this bird's tail color looks somewhat unique.

 

I would describe his tail feathers as having the pigment pushed out to the bottom and edge of the feather, producing a gray color while leaving a good portion of the feather the same color as the body, a shade of blue. The rest of the bird looks normal, though his flights are clipped and I don't know their color. The bird seems very young, so it might possibly come out with the first molt. Has anyone seen something similar?

 

I will post a picture of the budgie when I can.

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possibly something to do with the Opaline gene

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Pictures would be good but as Nerwen has already said, it sounds like an Opaline.

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Photos where taken in cloudy daylight and show him in his true color. The tail's color changes depending on the angle it is observed from.

 

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It's a very young bird and sometimes they do display these different colours in their feathers. It usually moults out in their first moult. See how it looks after the moult.

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It is a baby and sometimes the feathers are not produced correctly but when they moult any colour/marking faults are usually rectified.

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