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Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Whitefaced Violet Pieds

By Blake Ma
Blake enjoys working with lovebirds and has a passion for exhibiting and breeding them

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Diary of a Show Bird, By Blake Ma
Whitefaced violet and violet pied babies.
Diary of a Show Bird, By Blake Ma
Whitefaced medium violet pied baby lovebird.

This specific combination was what initially caught my eye when I first started with lovebirds. Three mutations are combined – whitefaced plus violet plus pied – in order to produce this combination. It took me over a year to even find this combination. Since I had such a hard time finding this beautiful combination, I decided to produce my own and that is exactly what I did!

The picture with the four babies was all from one clutch. (From left to right; whitefaced double violet pied, whitefaced slate pied, whitefaced medium double violet and a whitefaced violet pied.) That was a clutch produced in 2004. All of my current pieds were bred from birds from that clutch.  Each bird is unique and beautiful. The double violet pied lovebird increases the violet shading on the bird, whereas the single violet pied creates lighter shading and looks almost blue due to the flash on the camera. A whitefaced slate bird normally has a white face and a gray coloring to it. You combine pied into it, and you can see traces of yellow and white interspersed throughout the gray.

For exhibiting, you need to try to produce symmetrical pieds; for example all white flights or all black flights, and symmetry on the body. When I saw these four babies colored out, I was amazed at their colors, and it encouraged me to continue to work with lovebirds and the colors and mutations that I found the most exciting. I encourage you to find a color, species, or mutation that excites you and to work with it to produce the best of that combination or mutation that you can regardless of whether you will be exhibiting. 

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the more I learn and read about lovebirds the more deeper involved I become. Interesting article.
barbie, pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 5/12/2007 7:14:23 PM
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