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.

3 comments

  1. Information is good enough to understand and differentiate between fallow birds.

  2. can you have a pale fallow and dun fallow hybrid? a bird that is both split pale fallow split dun fallow… thanks

    1. A breeder in the Netherlands combined dun fallow with pale fallow and the offspring was green. These green can be split dun fallow and split pale fallow. So, they are not allelic

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