The fallow budgie is a very attractive pastel bird. It comes in several varieties, but some are so similar it is not easy to tell them apart, so I'll discuss the more common ones here.
All types of fallow have red eyes, pink legs and feet, and an orange beak. Like all the budgie varieties that have red eyes the hens have the usual brown or whitish blue cere, whilst the cocks keep the pink/purple cere of a youngster all their life. The lovely bird on the right is showing all these characteristics clearly. The tail and markings are usually greyish brown, a paler, greyer brown than a cinnamon budgie would have. The body colour is very reduced and can be quite pale, sometimes nearly white or yellow (especially if opaline is also present), but often it is strong enough on the rump to determine the true colour.
There are in fact several fallow types; the german fallow, japanese fallow, australian fallow, english fallow and scottish fallow.
The most common two are the english and german, they look very much the same except for the eyes. The german fallows have a darker red eye with a white iris ring. The english have paler red eyes with a similar red coloured iris ring, so it appears they are solid red.
Fallow is always a recessive gene, regardless of which type you have. See the page about dominant and recessive genes if you are not sure what that means.
The inheritance of fallow goes as follows:
Fallow x Fallow
- 100% Fallow
Normal x Fallow
- 100% Normal/Fallow
Normal/Fallow x Fallow
- 50% Fallow
- 50% Normal/Fallow
The fallow gene removes all the pigment from the eyes, skin, and beak and much of the pigment from the feather. Due to this action it can be considered a form of albinism.
All the fallow varieties are lovely looking birds, and fairly uncommon. This makes them special and worthy of keeping an eye out for.