Peachfaced Lovebird Mutations: Blue, Whitefaced Blue, Seagreen

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Not surprisingly, individuals are perplexed by Blue and Whitefaced Blue (WFB). The main reason for this is because they are so closely related that many breeders just do not grasp the distinctions. Many Blues are marketed as WFBs at bird fairs, while Seagreens are often sold as Blues, and so on. Some of this is due to unscrupulous breeders lying about what they’re selling, but the majority is due to the breeders themselves not knowing.
The blue mutant is the oldest of the two, having originated in Holland in 1963. A bird with this mutation lacks the majority of the red and yellow pigments seen in a typically colored Peachfaced. A Blue Peachfaced, unlike the Masked lovebird’s “full” blue mutation, still contains some red and yellow pigment in its feathers, most notably in the somewhat creamy hue of the face and the solid orange band across the forehead. Because of the “incomplete” absence of yellow and red pigments, this mutation is frequently referred to as “semi-blue.”

Whitefaced Blue first appeared in the early 1980s. It, too, is not a “genuine” blue mutant. A genuine blue would remove ALL of the red and yellow pigment from the bird, but WFB retains remnants of both colors, although less of each than the Blue. A Whitefaced Blue’s face is completely white, with the exception of a little orange suffusion on the forehead. For show purposes, this suffusion is considered a flaw, and top WFB show birds exhibit little or no orange. If a genuine blue mutation occurred in the peachfaced, coupling it with the lutino mutation would result in a real albino, a pure white bird with no yellow. WFB and Blue both yield birds with obvious yellow when crossed with lutino. The Creamino (A Blue Ino) is more entirely a yellow/cream hue than the WFB Ino (Sometimes incorrectly referred to as an Albino), however the WFB Ino does have some yellow color in its feathers.

The fact that WFB and Blue are “alleles,” which means they exist on the same gene of the same chromosomal pair, adds to the misunderstanding. Thus, a bird may have two WFB genes, two Blue genes, or one of each, but not both. When a bird has one WFB gene and one Blue gene, the two interact to create what is known as a “seagreen.” This bird is sometimes misidentified and marketed as a Blue, although it is really half Blue and half WFB. The seagreen’s face and forehead are almost similar to those of the Blue, but its body color is closer to that of a typical green bird. When you compare a Blue with a Seagreen, the body of the SG will be noticeably more green.

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