I am new to these beautiful birds so please ignore my ignorance I am learning...
I recently bought a female that was a black head white chest green back but she has molted and her head is now orange/blackish not black anymore why???
Also if I was to buy a male does it have to look like her? I am not sure if I can locate a male with split colors like that.
Confused?????? Thank you for your advice
Gouldians colors do frequently change a bit after a moult, but not always.
Sounds as though the bird you have, had a parent with a black head and the other parent had a yellow head.
Best to find a cock with either orange or black head color, but not red.
Females often have black feathers in their red or yellow masks.
Take a look at the tip of the bill. A yellow head or a black head split to yellow will show an orange tint at the tip of the usually.
Hope this helps, Jean My expert guide for the care and breeding of Lady Gouldian Finches is now available for sale online!