FAQ: How to distinguish between the different fallow types in genus Agapornis?

FAQ: How to distinguish between the different fallow types in genus Agapornis?

The existing fallow types In genus Agapornis are subdivided into a preliminary list of ‘bronze fallow’, ‘pale fallow’ and ‘dun fallow’. These divisions are based on the reduction of melanin in the feathers and the eye colour.

  • Bronze fallow – has a limited reduction of the eumelanin, both in the eyes and in the plumage. The colour of the normally green feathers appears to be more a laurel green, the eyes are a darker burgundy red. The primaries are greyish brown. The feet are pale pink coloured and the nails are horn coloured.
  • Pale fallow – here we have a high eumelanin reduction in the eyes and the plumage. The overall body colour is yellow – with a light green hue, the eyes are a bright red. The primaries are white. The feet are pale pink coloured and the nails are horn coloured.
  • Dun fallow – little eumelanin reduction in the plumage causing the colour of the feathers to be similar to cinnamon or even pastel, but however with a lot of eumelanin reduction in the eyes. Because of this the eyes are a bright red. The primaries are greyish brown. The feet are pale pink coloured and the nails are horn coloured.
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