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Bluefronted Melanistic Rainbow


The bluefronted Rainbow is one of the rarer mutations of the last 20 years.




















This mutation is in part like the melanistic black Stella lory, is recessive in its genetic make up and has the capability to hide colours. If the mutation gene was like the Black Stella lory then we would have seen a black Rainbow. As the gene doesn't work like that, it therefore has to be part Melanistic as it hides part of the colours. This is very noticible in the Red fronted Melanistic Rainbow where the red is showing through on the chest.


















What we end up with is a Rainbow lorikeet without the colours red and yellow and just with green and blue, it is a stunning bird in itself. As we know green is made up of yellow and blue so we therefore know that it is hiding yellow, also some birds have a fusion of red showing through the feathers.







An Aqua Blue Fronted Rainbow in pic on the left













When this bird is bred to the cinnamon Rainbow, we hope to get a lilac fronted cinnamon Rainbow. This colour does show in some Aqua Melanistic Dilutes or named Cinnamon pastels.











The unsual colour turned out more like a wine red in Grey-green Melanistic Dilute or named Mustard pastel.. Not much work has been done yet in this area but as more spare birds become available it will speed things up.









Young Blue fronted about 9 weeks old.

























We are also working on a Red fronted melanistic bird, this bird will have the same characteristics as the blue fronted with the difference being that these birds will have bright red fronts.
















The extra red will assist to put more colour in the crossing over to other mutations, but retain black under wing colour and absences of the yellow.




















A very small number of Aqua blue fronted melanistic birds have been bred and these birds are still very scarce, the colour is reminiscent of the Greek islands' sea colour..




















This again is a stunning bird to admire in the sun light.











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