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Budgie Color and Color Mutation

In this article we are going to cover all the mayor budgie color on which all the other colors are based.

For most of us, Budgies represent only green little parakeets. But these cute little birds have a range of variations in colors. Did you know that Budgies can be found in more than thirty recognized colors? But the fact is that all their colors are based on a basic palette of blue and yellow pigments, as blue and yellow together form green. And you’re familiar with the fact that green is the most dominant color in wild Budgies.

But there is a lot beyond these basics covering Budgies’ color and mutations. Basically, they are a mere classification and Budgie body color can be discussed under two broad groups:

  • Green Budgie Series
  • Blue Budgie Series

Where the Green series manages to have all the yellow in it, the blue series have all the whites. Or, all the non-yellow budgies.

Budgie’s natural color is green.

Budgie Color Mutation

Budgies have been bred in almost every color of the rainbow except probably pink and red. Learning the color mutation of budgies needs wholesome research. However, we have tried simplifying it for you. Let’s dive into the colorful budgie world.

Budgies: The Green Series

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Light Green Budgies

This color is bright grass green. Being the original color of budgies, this looks lovely. It takes the presence of both blue and yellow to make this shade of green. There is no dark factor in it. In these budgies, the cheek patches would be violet and the tail, dark blue.

Olive Green Budgies

This one is a muddy green budgie shade, a combination of two dark factors. One can mistake this one with grey-green. But the cheek patches and long tail are enough to differentiate. Olive green budgie body is blotchy most of the time.

Dark Green Budgies

This color forms when one dark factor is present. This one is the intermediate shade of green budgies. They look darker than the light green ones and their tail and cheek patches are similar to that of an olive green budgie.

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Grey Green Budgies

This mutation has a slight grey wash over the green color of a budgie and creates a color similar to an olive green one. But they can be differentiated with cheek patches and tails. The grey-green may vary depending on the number of dark factors available.

Violet Budgies

Here comes a rich shade of green. After grey washes over the green base, a violet gene is the next. It can make a violet dark green budgie. In this mutation, the colorfulness of budgies will increase. As an example, a light green budgie with violet genes looks like a dark green budgie.

The Blue Series Budgie color

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Sky Blue Budgies

The lightest shade of blue, this budgie color is the most loved color mutation across the globe. The tone has no dark factor. It is a light green tone that is achieved after removing the yellow. Removing yellow leaves the budgie with a soft, lovely, and iridescent pale sky blue tone. Cheek patches of sky blue budgies would be violet and the tail would appear dark blue.

Cobalt Blue Budgies

A bit darker than the sky blue ones, the cobalt blue budgies are rarer than the former. The color features one dark factor. Again the cheek patches are bright yellow and the tail is dark blue.

Mauve Budgies

When two dark factors meet, they make this darkest blue, the mauve budgie. The bird may appear muddy and greyish. He will seem to be more blue than grey. Mauve budgie often looks patchy-colored.

Grey Budgies

Don’t confuse this grey budge with the grey-green. There is a grey wash over a blue body. And the outcome is a grey budgie. The tail feathers are black and cheek patches are blue or grey. Grey may vary in light grey, medium grey, and dark grey. It all depends on the number of dark factors added.

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Violet Budgies

In the violet gene, the whole body color of the budgie would turn violet but the tail would be dark blue. This budgie will appear full of dark and light violet wash over his body.

The violet gene comes from enriched and darkened base colors. A clue for the presence of the violet gene is that you may see a richer violet shade on your budgie’s neck region. Violet budgies are often a double factor of sky blue and cobalt violet.

How to Produce a Rainbow Classic Budgie color

A classic rainbow budgie is the next level of Budgie color mutation and is flaunted by breeders proudly. The rainbow budgie mutation can be said to be a yellow-faced blue series budgie with opaline whitewings. By hearing the word rainbow, you can imagine how beautiful this budgie would be. The soft combination of all the colors and textures seem perfect.

To produce a rainbow

Both the parent budgies must be whitewing or split for whitewing.
The male budgie must be opaline or split for opaline.
One of them must be a yellow face type 2 budgie.
Both male and female budgies must be blue or split for blue.

So following these color mutation rules, a classic rainbow budgie can be produced.

Most Common Mistakes in Budgie Color Mutations

When there is just a simple classification of the basic grouping of budgie mutation colors, there can be many such colors that may confuse you. For example, many people confuse between similar-looking colors. Here are some shades that may make you think for a while which color of a budgie is it.

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Budgies Mutation is easily mistaken between these color very often:

  • Olive Green & Grey Green
  • Mauve & Grey
  • Normal & Opaline
  • Grey-wing & Cinnamon
  • Lace-wing & Fallow
  • Dark-Eyed Clear, INO, & DF Spangle
  • Clear-wing, Greywing, & Dilute
  • Yellowface, Yellowface, & Goldenface
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These were the basic budgie body color mutations. A wide range of all these thirty budgie colors is a great exploration. And we have covered all the major budgie colors on which all the other colors are based. Budgie mutation is a colorful and beautiful transformation to an already cute budgie. Mutation just adds more charm to the most loved bird pet in the world.

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