The Lovebirds

The Lovebirds
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Monday, April 30, 2007

What are Opaline Lovebirds?

This is a type of mutation performed on peach-faced lovebirds. Becky Anderson of the Royal Rose Aviary in Upper Michigan first performed mutation among peach faced lovebirds in 1997. This is termed as "Patterned mutation".

The resultant are-
  • Seagreen opaline
  • Normal green opaline
  • Green opaline split to orange face

The opaline lovebirds possess redistribution of pigment in the feathers. In case of peach faced lovebirds due to mutation there is melanin distribution in the tail and on the back of the head. Psittacin is enhanced and increased. Due to this, the red color of the face is increased and also increase of red color in tail and also the yellow color would be spread to the rump region to produce a new mutan variety- Opaline peach face lovebirds.

Price of Opaline Lovebirds

Most of the breedsers are performing this mutation. Generally the opaline lovebirds fetch good revenue for the breeders who are selling lovebirds. Normally the cost of peach faced lovebird is $50 whereas the Opaline peach faced lovebirds are costing about $275 (hens) to $400 (cocks).

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