FAQ: What about *pallid* Agapornis fischeri?
The first reports we received about the possible existence of a *pallid* Agapornis fischeri originate from 2016. Now a days, there are several reports of enthusiasts who believe they have pallid Agapornis fischeri in their collection and of course that leads to many discussions.
Pallid is a SL recessive mutation, that gives a visual reduction of +/- 50% of the eumelanin, the young birds have red eyes during the first few days and important: this mutation is allelic with SL ino. In genus Agapornis we have a pallid mutation in Agapornis roseicollis.
The problem is that the birds that we saw are always combined with many other mutations. Till now, I have not yet seen a pure bred *pallid green* Agapornis fischeri. We absolutely need these pure bred pallid greens to be able to test the phenotype against the descriptions of pallid. It is therefore difficult for us to draw preliminary conclusions. So, I can only encourage the owners of these birds to try to breed this *pallid* in a pure green form. That will help us a lot.
We should also keep in mind that there is a proven pale mutant in Agapornis fischeri and that it also inherits SL, is allelic to SL ino and is born with red eyes. These pale birds have a more limited eumelanin reduction than the pallid (+/- 20% visual reduction). So the chance that people confuse it with pallid is also possible, especially when pale is combined with other eumelanin reducing mutations such as opaline, pastel, dominant edged etc….
As always, time will tell and remember: even then, only DNA research can tell us what mutation it really is.