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A New Mutation - Seafoam Yellow Face or Kerle Faced Blue

 

 

On a visit to the aviaries of Kevin O’Callaghan in Rockhampton Queensland in 2010 a

couple of birds that did not appear to be the norm stood out. These birds had a Yellow Face

with no yellow in the cap. The cap was white in fact almost whiter than white if this could be

so.

 

On asking Kevin where these birds originated, he advised Graeme Kerle of Townsville in

Queensland.

 

Graham produced from a Yellow Faced Opaline Cobalt hen (purchased at auction from Ernie

Wise of New South Wales) and a Spangle Grey cock – non yellow faced (purchased from

Robert Manvel also of New South Wales in one of his sale lots) 2 x Spangle Yellow Faced

Sky cocks, 1 x Spangle Yellow Faced Sky hen, 1 x Spangle Sky cock. This occurred in 2003.

The Yellow Faced progeny were all visual ‘Seafoam’ and were quite obviously different

when viewed in the nest. The mask being yellow, the cap white and the body colour

‘Seafoam’.

 

Neither parent had any visual variations to what would be described as ‘normal’ for their

respective variety.

 

The initial resultant offspring from this pairing suggest that the Spangle was not a Double

Factor Yellow face.

 

The term ‘Seafoam’ was nominated by Jennie Liebich as soon as she sighted them; the body

colour in each resembled the colour of the sea just below the foam of a breaking wave.

‘Seafoam’ does not reflect the mask and cap colouration, but the body colour only.

 

Realistically they could be called ‘Kerle Faced Blue’ to reflect the origins or ‘Seafoam

Yellow Face’ to embrace Jennie’s initial artistic interpretation.

 

The pairings at Graeme’s resulted in nests averaging 70% visual ‘Seafoam’ with the nonvisual

still carrying the trait as ‘Seafoams’ were bred from these non-visual pairings.

 

Visual ‘Seafoams’ to Normal Green series birds resulted in visual Blue series (non Seafoam),

and Opaline Green hens, these paired back to Blue series (Non visual Seafoam) then gave a

very high visual result in ‘Seafoam’ of about 60%, this being Graeme’s assessment.

When the first of these ‘Seafoam’ birds were produced, Graeme, as I understand it, gave a

couple to a backyard breeder not knowing what he had produced.

Kevin noticed some on a visit to Grahams and was fortunate enough to obtain some to breed

with and Kevin then was kind enough to gift a couple to Jennie for her to work with.

The pair that arrived with Jennie back to Mount Gambier were both visual ‘Seafoams’, one

being Normal and the other a Spangle, these produced chicks and we were overjoyed to see

that a couple were ‘Seafoams’. The resultant chicks did not seem to have a long life

expectancy thus a number of outcrosses occurred quickly to try and ensure that the strain

remained. Note that at Grahams he did not have the same issue; it may have been that the

birds that arrived at Mount Gambier were a ‘little’ close.

 

On pairing non visual to visual, there are now a couple of ‘out crossed’ visual birds to work

with. There are others that have been paired to non-visuals with no resultant visuals as yet

thus more ‘proofing’ will be required to fully ascertain breeding possibilities.

 

Graham and Kevin have sent down some further birds that are non-visual that have produced

this new variety for them and to these two gentlemen Jennie and I cannot thank them enough

for giving us the opportunity to work with these and the previous pair of birds.

 

One interesting occurrence is that we now have a Green with a Yellow Mask and White cap –

and produced from two blues???

This information is being released to share with others this new mutation and to also see if

changes are occurring elsewhere in the world of a similar nature.

 

It is a bit premature to determine the breeding habits of this variety, noting that it is Dominant

but other surprises might present.

 

I believe the Spangle has something to do with this mutation and other aviaries that I have

visited recently have changes occurring and all of these go back to the Spangle parentage.

 

It is interesting as Roy Aplin of the United Kingdom painted birds similar to these some years

ago predicting such a change might occur.

 

Nigel Tonkin

 

 

Please use this link for the article WITH PHOTOS https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0_0vRjrcsuMNWU4NTkxMmEtYTMyNi00Y2JhLTkyYzgtNGMwMmFkMTdiMzZm

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WOW!

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WOW!

 

Yeah :D Very cool :D

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read that whole post scream for pictures - glad i saw the link at the bottom

 

they look AWESOME! i would love the see the so called 'green' bird - perhaps it just has a strong tone to the body feathers but is still a blue based bird (guess breeding will reveal that)

 

now for the white faced green to appear!

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Really exciting

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I am going to get real excited when I see one with my own eyes :D

 

Who is getting all the glory for "discovering" it? or is it more than one person ... I couldn't work that one out.

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im sorry guys to bust your bubble but if you ask me thats just a very bad agf df normal and the fact is if you put a yf and agf together this is what you get

id need a whole lot more than that to be actually calling it a NEW mutation these have been around for year classed as crappy goldenfaces

sorry my opinion as a golden face breeder from years back

i do hold alot of admaration for mr tonkin and and hes suplyed me with alot of help in last three years

specially when other could not help

but i have seen birds like this many times in my years of breeding mainly pets but still only diffrence is size and feather

we all know that

if im wrong

great as i personally think their beautiful but still think its just a mix of breeding the three yf genetics together

gb

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Have you seen birds with a white cap and yellow mask before GB?

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but i have seen birds like this many times in my years of breeding mainly pets but still only diffrence is size and feather

 

she states the above in her post Fordmob.

 

this clearly has to be connected to the yellowface gene.

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but i have seen birds like this many times in my years of breeding mainly pets but still only diffrence is size and feather

 

she states the above in her post Fordmob.

 

this clearly has to be connected to the yellowface gene.

 

I was just asking GB (who I know) to clarify something for me. I know very little of goldenface breeding and GB does.

 

You may have all the answers, good for you.

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I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

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