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Aqua Blue Fronted Melanistic Rainbow.

Above & below are two Aqua Blue photos of a young bird taken in April 2007.

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The Aqua Blue fronted Melanistic Rainbow has been around in very, very small numbers. The Aqua line was started here at Utopia birds back in 1995.

At the time we weren't sure what we were working with, only to say that the colour had a sea-water look about it and so the Aqua colour name was born.







Above is a photo of an Aqua Melanistic hen taken in 1999.


       
Through the years this colour has proven to be dominant, when bred to a normal it can reproduce itself. Here we are talking about the Aqua gene only and not the recessive Melanistic gene ( Blue fronted colour).

The colour looks the same as the Co/dominant Jade coloured bird, but the difference is that two Jades can produce the true double factor Co/dominant Olive.

        Here you can compare the three colours, Jade, Aqua and the normal colour.

The Aqua can only reproduce itself or bred to a Grey-Green, produce a Grey-Green with a darker silvery-blackish head colour. These Grey-Greens can then produce Aqua again because they have the Aqua gene in their bloodline.








       
Still, two Aquas can't produce a Grey-Green, so the colour is dominant and produces itself when the blood has been introduced to a new colour. In Aqua, as in the Jade colouring, the hen birds show stronger colouring than the cock birds and the photos will show that it is hard to tell the difference cock birds and the photos will show that it is hard to tell the difference between a good Aqua and a Jade when it comes to the hen birds. The photos on this page will show you the differences and make it clearer. The Aqua hen birds will show more blue colouration in the head when compared to the Jade hen..







Some breeders are still working on the Aqua Melanistic coloured bird but I have not seen this bird in the feather for quite some time. It would be nice to compare the two colours Jade and Aqua Melanistic together, hopefully one day.



Below photos of Aqua blues taken in 2001.







Aqua Blue Fronted Rainbow lorikeet



Aqua Blue Fronted Rainbow lorikeet



Aqua Blue Fronted Rainbow lorikeet






As can be seen in the photo on the left, the Aqua Blue Fronted Rainbow lorikeet has black under wing colouration as in a Melanistic colour gene type.




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