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Old 02-24-2018, 04:09 AM
 
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From the article in the OP's link.
Thank you, I missed that.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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Beautiful!
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Old 02-28-2018, 08:04 AM
 
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I had never even heard such a bird before. I have to share this with my mom. She has an obsession with cardinals.

We have several cardinal families living in our trees. No yellow ones....all red. Maybe someday will have a genetic mess up. I don't care if it's a genetic mess up...he's still gorgeous!
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Old 02-28-2018, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MISSOURI
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Wow that's pretty nifty!

Would be nice to see one in blue, too.
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Old 02-28-2018, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Would be nice to see one in blue, too.
It would, but I suspect that can't occur. A mutation that knocks out production of yellow and red pigments gives you a blue bird if the bird species has base coloration of green (like many parrots do). I suspect the same mutation in cardinals would just give you a white bird, as there's no underlying blue pigment to expose once you knock out the red and yellow pigments.

For those of you who'd like to geek out, here's a pretty thorough article on color mutations in various parrot species: Little Feathered Buddies coloration mechanics Avian color genetics is complex! I suspect a lot of the same mutation can occur in birds other than parrots, though they are no doubt associated with decreased survival in the wild.
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:45 AM
 
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I hope they keep track of him and we can find out if he's able to attract a female and reproduce and if any of his offspring are yellow.
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