Commonly Confused Budgie Mutations- Mauve And Grey
How can you tell the difference between a mauve and grey budgie?
Here are some of the common differences between these 2 mutations with pictures to help you identify each mutation. Look at the cheek patches, body color, and main tail feathers for the best indications of which mutation your budgie is.
Cheek Patches For This Mutation
Normal mauves will have deep violet cheek patches. The grey color adding factor effects the cheek patches causing them to be blue to grey rather than violet.
Mauve Cheek Patches:
Grey Cheek Patches:
Deep Blue To Silver Grey
Body Color In Grey And Mauve
Mauves have a deep blue grey color to the body. Unless a grey budgie is also carrying a violet factor, they should have a even grey tone of body color with no blue.
Main Tail Feathers In Grey And Mauve
The main tail feathers of these 2 mutations are very different if you look closely. Mauves like all normal blue series budgies will have blue main tail feathers, while a grey will have a deep black.
(Top) Blue main tail feather
(Bottom) Grey main tail feather