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post #1 of 25
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Okay, so I've only had peafowl for a few years now, so I don't really have a clue! big_smile.png I noticed that several of my pea-teens and all of peahens have some white wing feathers. Some have white primaries and some have white primary coverts.  I've also noticed that a couple of them have very small patches of white on their throats (1/4" x 1/4"). Does this mean anything?

 

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Source: http://swittersb.wordpress.com/2011/03/05/fly-tying-a-whole-wing-what-to-do/wing-anatomy/

post #2 of 25

white wing feathers = split to white / and/or pied birds.

this means if bred togather (2 split to whites) you could get not only Ib offspring but also white or pied. depending on which they are split to .

 

white throat signals that these birds are dark pied rather than regular IB birds.

meaning they carry the pied gene. 

post #3 of 25

Yes, what country-girl011 said is completely correct.

I have one dark pied peahen and one india blue split to white peahen in with a white peacock, and they produced white peachicks, india blue split to white peachicks, india blue dark pied peachicks, and india blue pied peachicks!

post #4 of 25
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So if I have a bird with white primaries and a throat patch it's a dark pied?

post #5 of 25
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It took me forever to figure out horse colors, so please, be gentle. big_smile.png


Edited by casportpony - 12/17/12 at 4:29pm
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 

I should also say that it wasn't until I found this group that I had even heard the term "split to" and I don't really understand what that means.

post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by casportpony View Post

So if I have a bird with white primaries and a throat patch it's a dark pied?

yes as long as its actually a white throat patch and not just the normal light patch that IB hens have

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this is piper a normal IB split to white hen (you just cant see her white flights in this photo.

but a dark pied will have a larger throat patch than this. (just for comparison)

post #8 of 25

Thanks for the post and for the answers.  Split (correct me if I'm wrong) means that the bird is one color but also  carries the gene for another color.
 

post #9 of 25
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The white I have seen is separated with dark feathers between the white. Does that count as a white patch? In horses, it does. On this teen-hen, it's very small.

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post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trefoil View Post

Thanks for the post and for the answers.  Split (correct me if I'm wrong) means that the bird is one color but also  carries the gene for another color.
 

That I understand... My Kelly Bundy brain needs lots of help!

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