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None of these ways are completly accurate however they give a rough idea of how to tell the age of your bird.
The eyes in most mutations when young will be a pure black colour and then towards maturity they will begin to turn grey until they are very light grey at 8 months old. In mutations such as: Lutino, Albino, Lacewing and Fallow
These will always have red/pink eyes and mutations such as: Recessive Pied and Dark-Eyed Clear
will always have dark, black eyes.
The eyes iris is pure black meaning the bird is 0-4 months old.
The eyes iris is very dark grey meaning the bird is 4-6 months old.
The eyes iris is medium grey meaning the bird is 6-8 months old.
The eyes iris is very light grey meaning the bird is 8 months or over.
The cap feathers of the bird in young birds around 0-4 months will have black lines from their cere to the top of their head when they mature at 4 months or above the lines will disapper from the cere. In mutations such as: Lutino, Albino and Recessive Pied
they do not have the head markings therefore can not be told their age this way.
The cap feathers still have the black lines to the cere which means the bird is below 4 months old.
The cap feathers have no lines from the cere which means the bird is above 4 months old.
The cere in young bird around 0-4 months old will be purple/pink in males and blue with white rings around the nostrils in females and when they mature they will have a light/dark blue or dark brown/tan cere depending on gender at 4 months and over. Mutations such as: Pieds, Albino, Lutino and Fallows
who will always have a white or pink/purple cere
This is a young bird cere meaning the bird is 0-4 months old
This is a old birds cere meaning the bird is 4 months or over. Also female birs over 4 months can have a blue cere with white rings.
ID bands are the most accurate way out of them all to tell a birds age. Regardless mutation.
How do you read leg bands? Viset here - http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww5eiii.htm
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