Violet Opaline Splendid Hen                                 Ivory Violet Opaline hen just out of nest

The Opaline is possibly the latest mutation to arrive in the Splendid and is of sex-linked in inheritance; the Opaline Mutation is almost exclusively confined to the Australian Parakeets.  This exciting new addition to the splendid mutations we already have; opens up a whole new list of combination mutations that we are able to produce. 

In appearance it changes the colour pattern completely. In the wild coloured bird or as we call it in the UK.  Normal, the green is reduced and the yellow intensified. In appearance the back becomes mottled and the chest becomes yellow. When Opaline is added to the White breasted blue in a way becomes more obvious. Hens become completely white on the chest instead of having the top half blue and bottom half white and the back is mottled. Adding the violet factor intensifies the blue and without changing the white so a more contrasting colour pattern is formed. Although as yet I have not bred or seen a double factor Violet Opaline I am sure that it will be a bird of stunning colour.


Sex-linked inheritance can be both a blessing and also a difficulty, as it is possible for only one mutation to be attached to each sex chromosome without a crossing over taking place, unless like the Isabel and Lutino which are on the same gene, care must be exercised when considering pairings to combine colours, Dominate and recessive colours are not the problem, it is when the sex-linked colours are involved that things can go wrong

A breeder used an outcross cock that was IsabelLutino (this is a bird that is Isabel in colour but is also a lutino) and was also split cinnamon another sex-linked colour to an Opaline hen, so instead of all the young cocks being just split for Opaline they were split for some or all the other colours, making the possibility of breeding an Opaline 1 in 64 or possibly 1.132.There are a number of these birds around in main land Europe. So if buying Opaline split birds be sure to know the parentage. Also unless you know the breeder it is unwise to buy birds in the green series as again in main land Europe there are birds that look like Opaline hens but are Turk splendid crosses and almost impossible to tell until breeding is tried. These birds are the result of pairing a cock Opaline Turk to a hen splendid. The sex-linked Opaline cock produces all Opaline cross females but thankfully they can lay eggs but are sterile.

2012 cock opline single factor violet

The possibility of using the Opaline Mutation to create a Rubino, a combination of Lutino, Opaline and red fronted is an exciting project. It will be interesting to see how many generations of breeding is required to make the red appear very strong on the back. When considering the effect that Opaline has on the Turks, the hens are always better coloured than the males, I suggest that will be the case with the Rubino splendid.