Last month we purchased a lavender silkie trio. When they arrived, we took several pictures of the birds. To the naked eye, you can see the lavender coloring of the bird. We purchased these from Bren's Birds of Paradise and am quite satisfied with what we purchased. My husband, took the pictures into a computer imaging program (GIMP, which is similar to photoshop) and used the color picker tool to identify the color. When you pick a color on a picture, it gives you a spectrum of colors that "surround" the color that was picked. On these lavender birds, when he picked various colors on the bird, the spectrum returned by the computer showed colors in the purple to deep blue ranges. We concluded that the computer is therefore seeing purples. We purchased a blue rooster and a blue splash rooster and when we do the same thing, we get colors in the blue and grays. We then were thinking about other similar birds up for auction, claiming to be blues or lavenders. When we ran the picture provided by the seller through the program, we did not get blue or lavender. Instead, the computer returned results in the reds and browns. To the naked eye, you could see hints or reds/browns but not blues or violets even though the birds were advertised as blue, lavender or carrying one of these genes. So, our question is this, should we trust the computer and what it is seeing or should we trust the seller who says what color it is. Or, is this method of identifying color better than even seeing the bird in person with your own eyes.