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Old 06-07-2015, 11:54 PM
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

Quote: Originally Posted by RavensGryf View Post
I was thinking, the Senegal Conure cross reminds me that there are Lion and Tiger crosses too. Called Ligers and Tigons depending on which was mom and dad. Two completely different felines. One from the African plains, one from the Asian jungle. Horses and Zebras too... I didn't google it, but my guess is that all species that are alike enough to cross breed, yet genetically so different would be sterile "mules".

Have you thought of a name for your budgie yet? Is she a girl for sure?
It is a female. And smaller than a canary. It's very petite.
Pink eyes...most white ones have red. This one is very different from most white ones I have seen. Never seen one this small at this age (5 months) and is very very tame, loveable rolls on it's back cuddles and makes all kinds of noises.
My wife Can't wait to bring it home. Mark ( the avian vet and owner) has them checked and certified. He explained to me that there is white Budgies that are typically albinos for lack of the gene that makes up the coloration....then there is the true albinos, which Personally I don't know the difference other than size and eyes are different which he showed me. And really could care less as this is a sweety and that's all that matters.
I'll have to study more up on the albino thingy....

That's true about mixed genetics, hey anything is possible I guess. I wouldn't have believed it either unless I saw it....Still having a hard time believing it though myself. Was sitting here with my wife saying" wonder if the parents were female Senegal or male Senegal and vise versa for the conure".....my wife's like "oh stop already....it's a mixed bird that needs a home...that's all that matters"....yeahhhhh ok.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:12 AM
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

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Congrats on your new flock member! Can't wait to see pictures of her. Does she have red eyes you typically see in albino animals?

Name wise, what about Snowflake since she's so unique
Thanks....my wife wanted this little budgie badly. It actually has pink eyes
But the main thing is that it's TINY !! Our Canary is bigger than the Budgy. It's very petite !! I've seen humming birds bigger. But it's a sweet thing.
I have been around many Budgie as my kids each had one, blue ones.
and they were not nearly as cuddle happy as this little thing.

As for names....well so far we have Casper, Ashen, and Alabaster are what
we have so far for names, all meaning "white" or related to it.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:17 AM
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

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Albinos aren't rare, they are solid white with red eyes, lutinos are yellow and there's a creamino that has yellow and white feathers.
This one has pink eyes...not red. and our canary is bigger than this
Budgie...it's very petite.

There's no difference between pink and red in birds. You can look up on the budgie sites about the different types. I love the inos, but they aren't rare.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:55 AM
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

Wow! A Senegal/conure cross???!!!! That's interesting! Someone mentioned a Lion and tiger cross as an example of similar species successfully reproducing. However, I would think that lions and tigers have more in common then a Senegal and conure. Even though the lion is usually found in Africa, there is an Asian lion as well so they can share habitat and potentially meet in the wild. Well, this is probably more true in the past as both populations of the Asian lion and the tiger are both dwindling. However, a cross between a Senegal and conure seems even less likely to me since I can't see them ever having overlapping habitats. And the two bird species seem to have such differences that I would never expect successful reproduction between them. I'm so interested in seeing the picture! And by the way congrats on your new little budgie!
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

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Why do I get attacked by you every darn time I post something? It is a bit annoying.

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Ok, take a deep, long breath, please. Karen is most definitely not attacking anyone here.

You describe a rather peculiar looking budgie, Michael. Are you sure she has white feet??? Please have a look at this:

Albino Budgie - Lutino Budgie
Beginner Guide to Genes, Mutations and Hybrids
Albino Budgies - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

The colors you describe are nowhere to be found online - and boy, I looked hard and long.
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

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Also they had a Senegal/ Conure cross.....Has the coloration vest of a Senegal, the beak, but eyes and tail of a conure. Very nice bird, very well natured. Was considering that as well. No one knows just how the breed was crossed here at the store, it's a rescue....so it's assumed perhaps there was a Senegal/ and conure that mated and had particular offspring...Only logical way I presume.
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About a Senegal/Conure cross... . We need a pic Michael!! I can hardly believe that it is even possible. These 2 birds are so vastly different. From different continents, habitats, and vastly different genetics! They're not even remotely related.
BINGO, Julie! Those 2 could 'possibly' mate, but there wouldn't be any offspring.

My guess is that this particular bird may resemble a Conure/Senegal hybrid, but like you said, it canít be.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:42 AM
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

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Wow! A Senegal/conure cross???!!!! That's interesting! Someone mentioned a Lion and tiger cross as an example of similar species successfully reproducing. However, I would think that lions and tigers have more in common then a Senegal and conure. Even though the lion is usually found in Africa, there is an Asian lion as well so they can share habitat and potentially meet in the wild. Well, this is probably more true in the past as both populations of the Asian lion and the tiger are both dwindling. However, a cross between a Senegal and conure seems even less likely to me since I can't see them ever having overlapping habitats. And the two bird species seem to have such differences that I would never expect successful reproduction between them. I'm so interested in seeing the picture! And by the way congrats on your new little budgie!
Yeah it is interesting, I wouldn't have believed it at all, I still have my doubts and searching the web to match a bird with that make up and coloration, but so far nothing. I wouldn't have believed it unless I held it in my own hands which I did, and was a bit speechless, and awestruck. However I will have pictures of it Thursday.... You'd swear it was a Senegal with odd Conure features ( not completely)... I can't explain it....You have to see it to believe it.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:44 AM
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

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Also they had a Senegal/ Conure cross.....Has the coloration vest of a Senegal, the beak, but eyes and tail of a conure. Very nice bird, very well natured. Was considering that as well. No one knows just how the breed was crossed here at the store, it's a rescue....so it's assumed perhaps there was a Senegal/ and conure that mated and had particular offspring...Only logical way I presume.
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About a Senegal/Conure cross... . We need a pic Michael!! I can hardly believe that it is even possible. These 2 birds are so vastly different. From different continents, habitats, and vastly different genetics! They're not even remotely related.
BINGO, Julie! Those 2 could 'possibly' mate, but there wouldn't be any offspring.

My guess is that this particular bird may resemble a Conure/Senegal hybrid, but like you said, it canít be.
I would have thought that too, I still can't work it out and has me puzzled.
But then there are those Breeders tend to do strange things to get a particular bird...I guess anything is possible.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:18 PM
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Re: Rare budgie- and rare cross breed

AFAIK, any animal with 'red' or 'pink' eyes is simply one which lacks any pigment in the eye, thus the transparent tissues allow the colour of the blood vessels to be seen. Whether you call it red or pink, what you're seeing is the creature's blood: there's no mysterious genetically-determined pigment that causes the colouration. It's LACK of colouration. You can see it in mice. What everyone knows as a PEW (Pink-Eyed White) is the true albino mouse whose eyes are 'blood-coloured'. Various other genetic combinations are around (eg. fawn mice with pink eyes), all involving mosaicism for the recessive albino gene.

Sometimes, colouration can be sex-linked (as in mostly-male ginger cats) or size-linked (morbid obesity in fawn mice) or linked with other features (as in the scanty body hair of appaloosa horses). My personal favourite colour 'oddity' is the palomino 'gene' in horses. It's not easy to breed palominos because it's such a complex genetic make-up but I find it fascinating to read about all the combinations and permutations that are possible.

Regarding a Senegal/Conure cross, you could knock me down with a feather if that proves to be true. AFAIK, they are just too distant from each other on the evolutionary tree to be able to hybridise. Senegal parrots come from the sub-family Psittacinae and evolved in Africa while the Conures are South American and belong to the sub-family Arinae. I'm not a geneticist, but I'd bet quite a few feathers that the two families contain quite different genetic material.

You get hybrids between Lions and Tigers because both belong to the same genus (Panthera). Horses, Zebras and Asses all belong to the genus Equus. Galahs, Corellas and Major Mitchell Cockatoos (genus Cacatua) can all interbreed (albeit not necessarily with fertile offspring), so it beats me why taxonomists have put Galahs into a separate genus (Eolophus) all of a sudden.

The DEFINITION of a species is 'a group of animals capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring' although that has become quite muddied now since gene mapping became possible. Sigh. Makes me feel so old. When I was a young student zoologist, they taught us that one day someone would actually visualise DNA and we would work out how genes and chromosomes worked. Hey guess what? We've known about the structure of DNA for years now and the genes of most extant species have already been mapped! You can look at the DNA molecule under a microscope and, better than that, you can even modify some genetic details and virtually order up the genetic make-up you want. Whew!

And then that leads to ethical questions about population tweaking and effectively removing natural selection and being able to select the genetics of our own offspring. I honestly never thought I'd see this in my lifetime! What a piece of work is man, eh?

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