>I got another Peachface LoveBird to keep Felix happy.. (and he still likes
>to cuddle with me!) Lily is definitly a female and is now looking for a
>nest site.. sigh. My question is, what type Peachface is she?
>Felix is the standard Green, but Lily is a much lighter green, the peach
>color seems to be the same intesity, and the blue rump is maybe just a
>shade lighter.. Any ideas?? Just to satisfy my curiousity.
From your description, Lily is probably an American Cinnamon mutation. This
is a sex-linked mutation, and works similarly to the more common Lutino
mutation. In a lutino, all the Melanin (Melanin is a dark pigment) is
absent, so the bird is bright yellow instead of green. In an American
Cinnamon some, but not all, of the melanin is absent, so the bird is
a paler green, but not yellow.
There is a second Cinnamon mutation, the Australian Cinnamon, which falls
somewhere between American Cinnamon and Lutino. Australian Cinnamons are
very striking, but they are less common and generally more expensive than
the American variety.
If your birds were allowed to breed, all the babies would be the same color
as the father (assuming he isn't carrying any recessive traits that we don't
know about). However, all of their sons would carry their mother's color,
and would be able to produce daughters (grand-daughters of the original pair)
of that color regardless of the color of the birds they were paired with.
Did you follow all that? If you want to know more, you can E-mail me.
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