Budgerigar Color Expectation Tables

THE FOLLOWING table concerns the most familiar and therefore most important colors that can be established by the fancier. For instance: Table 1 gives all the possibilities in order to produce the Light Green Budgerigar; Table 2 for the Dark Green phase, etc. See below this table for how to read them. There are 28 varieties/colors to choose.
The "/" in the color means that the bird is split for that color. Light green/white means it is a light green bird split for white.

Light Green Dark Green Light Green/Blue Dark Green/Blue Light Green/Yellow
Dark Green/Yellow Light Green/White Dark Green/White Olive Green Olive Green/Blue
Olive Green/White Olive Green/Yellow Skyblue Skyblue/White Cobalt
Cobalt/White Mauve Mauve/White Light Yellow Dark Yellow
Light Yellow/White Dark Yellow/White Olive Yellow Olive Yellow/White White Blue
White Cobalt White Mauve Violets

How to Use the Tables
Behind some of the crossings, percentages are presented: 100%, 50%, 25% and 33 1/3 %. Other percentages, however, are not given, as in such matters complicated theories must first be explained, such as crossing over type I and II. And because those percentages have no meaning for our tables-the correct results are only given behind the most important crossings-we will not go into these technical and often very complicated matters. In Table 1, for instance, you will find the crossing: dark green/white x light green/white; in other words: a crossing of two birds the first of which is dark green in external appearance (phenotype); the second bird light green; both however are split for the color white (or: carrying white as a recessive color). As all the given crossings in the tables are based on a percentage of 100 birds, it should be understood that this crossing only presents the possibility of obtaining a light green Budgie. But, also understandably, not for 100%, as you have a chance of getting young birds of the following colors as well:

1. dark green

2. light green/blue

3. dark green/blue

4. light green/yellow

5. dark green/yellow

6. light green/white

7. dark green/white

8. light yellow

9. dark yellow

10. light yellow/white

11. dark yellow/white

12. skyblue

13. cobalt

14. skyblue/white

15. cobalt/white

16. white/blue

17. white cobalt

Hence: together with the light green bird, eighteen (18) possibilities exist altogether. The following crossing: dark green/white x dark green/ white; gives no less than 27 possibilities, as, besides the 18 just given.

19. olive green

20. olive green/blue

21. olive green/yellow

22. olive green/white

23. olive yellow

24. olive yellow/white

25. mauve

26. mauve/white

27. white/mauve
The crossings with the given percentages present the quickest way to obtain the desired colors. From Table 3, for instance, it becomes obvious that all the young from light green x skyblue are for 100% light green/blue; the same applies when we pair a male skyblue with a light green hen. The second crossing of Table 3 is light green x cobalt; the outcome is 50% light green/ blue, and 50% dark green/ blue. The crossing dark green x light green/ yellow on the other hand presents only 25% dark green/yellow, and further 25% light green, 25% light green/yellow, and 25% dark green/yellow. A sample of crossing dark green x cobalt. Stated is that 33 1/3 % of this crossing will present dark green/ blue; the other possibilities are light green/blue, and olive green/blue, each, of course, for 33 1/3%.


You have, for example, a pair of Budgerigars, one of which is light green, the other dark yellow. By checking ALL CROSSINGS light green x dark yellow in the tables you are able to find the outcome, as each table deals with only one given color. From the above crossing you may expect: 50% light green/yellow, and 50% dark green/yellow. A crossing of cobalt x light green/white will present the following possibilities: 1. light green/blue 2. dark green/blue.

Crossing dark yellow x dark yellow/white gives the following possibilities:

1. light yellow 
2. dark yellow 
3. olive yellow
4. light yellow/white 
5. olive yellow/white

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