adult Gouldian changing breast colors during a molt

by annie wahl
(lakeville mn)

I have a mature hen who is orange head, purple breast and yellow back. She is molting now and her breast is white....some of her wing feather coverlets are white also. I have a photo for you to see. Is the temporary?

Hi Annie,

You have the most unusual birds of all of my readers so far! I hope you read the answer I just posted for another reader. Her question made me think of you.

I have to say I really don't know if it is temporary or not. I guess time will tell. I have seen Gouldians that have shade changes in their breast and head feather colors, but never purple to white breast. Exciting!

Thanks for sending the photos too.
Best Wishes, Jeanie

orange head

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