Budgie Varieties – Others

If you have been through the other Budgie Variety pages and have still not found the one you want, it may be below.

Yellowface and Goldenface

This group comes in three varieties, most commonly referred to as Yellowface Type 1, Yellowface Type 2 and Goldenface.

The Yellowfaced Type 1 budgie has the yellow feathers on its face, spilling a bit down the chest, on the wing butts and tail feathers. As a chick the Yellowfaced Type 2 budgie has a stronger yellow color but in the same places. However, as it grows the yellow spills down over their chests so that they mostly appear a sea green shade but with blue on the lower parts of their stomachs. If you are unsure whether you are looking at a Yellowface Type 2 or a ‘funny’ green look under the wing butt.

On a green bird there will be green here but on a Yellow Face there will be definite blue.

The Goldenface is possibly another form of Yellowface with a much stronger shade of yellow. Or they may be double factor Yellowface Type 2s…

The Yellowface budgie pictured above on the right has very little spillage down its chest and therefore is likely a Type 1. The bird on the above left has the yellow spilling down over his chest and abdomen and is a Type 2.

Clearbody/Texas Clearbody

This is yet another attractive variety that comes in two forms; the Texas Clearbody and the Easley Clearbody.

The body of a Texas Clearbody is either white or yellow suffused with the body color of the bird (blue, green etc). The barring and wings are the usual black, but the flight feathers are pale grey. All other features, eyes, cere, leg and feet color, are as for normal.

The Easley clearbody (sometimes called the Laced clearbody) has a less suffused body color than the Texas clearbody (therefore being clearer yellow or white). They also have jet black barring, wing markings and tail feathers. This causes a lovely contrast. It also has grey-silver cheek patches rather than violet.

Crested

Unlike all the other varieties this one doesn’t alter the color or markings of the budgie. A Crested budgie has feathers in certain areas of its body growing in different from normal directions. This causes what are called feather disturbances creating various types of crests. There were two recognised types of this variety (Continental and American) however these have become intermingled.

The actual feather crests come in different shapes; tufted, circular, half-circular and frilled. The tuft is a group of feathers pointing upwards and forwards immediately above the cere. The circular and half-circular are also based on top of the head, and are just as they sound; a half circle or full circle of feathers growing outwards from a central point. The frilled can have a crest on the head and also feather disturbances down the back of the neck or between the shoulders.

Some birds have multiple crests on the head, leading to quite an untidy appearance.

Anthracite

This is a very rare variety. The anthracite budgies body color is a very dark grey, sometimes even called black. Its markings are the normal black shade, but its cheek patches are the same dark grey as the body. The feature which distinguishes them from a normal dark grey budgie is that the cheek patches and body color are a much lighter shade on the normal grey.

Saddleback

This is another rare variety. The markings on the head and neck are finer than usual and grey rather than black. The area between the shoulders (on the back) has the markings reduced to almost gone leaving a nice clear 'saddle'. The markings on the wings are grey at the top darkening to the usual black about half way down.

The saddleback looks a lot like an opaline, with lightened head markings and a clear patch between the shoulders. However the opalines markings are black, not grey changing to black as they progress down the wings as in the saddleback. Also the background color of an opalines wings and back is the same as its body color (ie blue rather than white, green rather than yellow) whereas the saddleback has normal white or yellow background to the markings.

Darkwing

And yet another rare variety! This variety has the effect of darkening the markings and tail color of the budgie, much like the name implies! However it seems to only produce a visible effect in greywings, clearwings and dilutes. When darkwing is added to any other variety it seems to be hidden.

So, if you have a darkwing greywing or clearwing you will have the expected body color of a greywing or clearwing but the markings will be much darker, a dark grey/brown shade. With a dilute the same happens and this produces a lovely bird that has the body color of a dilute (almost white or yellow with a little blue or green washed over it) but with stunning dark markings. Beautiful!

Of course, it is so rare that you are unlikely to see one unless you are very lucky.... sigh...

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