Turquoise Agapornis fischeri

There appears to be a lot of confusion in South Africa about the “Par-blue – PPR” turquoise mutation in Agapornis fischeri. Some breeders say that they get only green chicks from a turquoise x blue parents, but then also get turquoise chicks from green split parents.
The answer is this is in fact very easy: in South Africa there are besides turquoise A. fischeri also ‘Australian yellowmask’ A. fischeri in some collections. This is also a PPR (Partial Psittacine Reduction) mutation but it only affects the production of psittacin in the mask. This mutation is probably an equivalent of OR orange face OR pale headed (see book UK version 2005 on page 169 or in my new book Dutch edition part 2 on page 135 and page 142).   So it is normal if you combine these “Australian yellomasks”  with blue you will get green birds and not the normal TurquoiseBlue chicks as you can expect from the combination turquoise x blue.

The fact that you can get turquoise youngsters of green parents is also normal. Turquoise is an autosomal recessive mutation, so a green bird can be split turquoise. But please keep also in mind that turquoise is allelic to blue.

In the upcoming BVA magazine, there is an article on this mutation.

6 Responses to Turquoise Agapornis fischeri

  1. jaivy says:

    Hi mr dirk,

    Good day,I would like to ask about turquoise fischeri..
    Even though it’s been explain already by sam gibbs,I do believe thats is all right and its very helpfull to all breeders,specially on their mode of inheritance..
    But here in Philippines,they used to have a discuusion about turq.fischeri(partial blue)
    How does it happens that a pair of violet non pb,having a par blue chick?those violet pair both came from par blue..all I know is only green can be split to turquoise or aqua,so there you can produce a turq.or aqua..and I know that partial blue is recessive right? Just wondering how a pair of violet or blue are can produce a parblue with out visual pb parents. What they used is from pb parents they get a non pb and another non pb from pb pair..and all I know is a blue cant be split to blue…
    How does it happens? Is a blue or a violet non pb as long it came from pb parents can really produce a turquoise ???
    Thank you in advance mr dirk..


  2. Two years ago we learnt about breeders in South Africa who occasionally bred turquoise Agapornis fischeri from a ‘blue x blue’ combination. The logical conclusion was that these blue birds, which all originated from blue x turquoise pairings (so actually TurquoiseBlue, not turquoise), were in fact ‘split’ turquoise.

    Obviously, this is not right. Just as with Agapornis roseicollis, if we repeatedly combine turquoise with turquoise or in this case TurquoiseBlue with blue, we get phenotypes which appear almost exactly like blue. Just think of the *blue* Agapornis roseicollis.
    We assume that anticipation plays a significant role in this. The birds look almost completely blue at a young age, but in reality they are genetically turquoise. As these birds get older, the turquoise phenotype reappears and these blue birds look turquoise again. This was eventually confirmed by the owner in almost all cases in which people thought to have bred a turquoise from blue x blue.

    So, it is highly recommended to regularly pair turquoise with green if you want to preserve the turquoise phenotype; otherwise we may have virtually no turquoise Agapornis fischeri phenotypes left in a few years, as is the case with A. roseicollis.

    PS: This is not only the case with Agapornis; there are also a lot of *blue* Australian parakeets which are actually turquoise. This is even true for Gouldian finches.

  3. jaivy says:

    Thank you so much mr.dirk..
    More power..

  4. garce aviary says:

    Hi Mr dirk,

    Good evening!
    non visual parblu from visual parblu parent can be split to parblu?


  5. Aceleanu says:

    Hello!If I live in a country where can’t find turquaise fischeri,how can I produce??
    Male: ??
    Female: ??
    Thank you very much!

  6. Eyemgee says:

    Hi Mr Dirk, how about the sf vio split parblu cross sf vio split parblu can possibly produce visual parblue sir? Thanks

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