The photos below were sent by Kenneth and Karen Shelton of their new baby Bourke Parakeets. I was surprised to see a Normal Bourke with red eyes and sent these to Su Yin for her expert evaluation. Here is her comment:
|A Fallow Bourke, possibly |
Pale Fallow if toenails are clear.
"The red eyed chick is a fallow. From the way it looks, I would guess pale fallow, possibly male. If it has clear toe nails, it'll most likely be a pale fallow, and if it does end up getting more blue on it's brow, it'll be a boy.
There are probably at least 3 different fallow mutations. All are autosomal recessive, meaning both males and female will need 2 copies of the mutation to show the mutated appearance.
|Young Normal Bourkes, Fallow at far end.|
|Young Fallow Bourke with red eyes.|
|Bourke parents with their young. Rosy Bourke mother is in front.|