by Doug Bedwell, Revised by Blake Ma

Without a doubt, one of the most spectacular mutations to appear in the last few years has been the Violet. This mutation was developed in Denmark in the late 1980's.

The presence of a violet factor creates a strong violet suffusion throughout the body of the bird. The rump color shifts from the tourquoise blue of the normal peach to a vivid purple. Violet is semi-dominant, meaning that a bird that has inherited the color from both parents (A "Double Factor Violet") will show a deeper, more vivid coloring than a bird that inherited the color from only one parent (a "Single Factor violet"). Though Double factor birds all show a strong violet color, the intensity of the violet color in Single Factor birds varies greatly from bird to bird.

Many breeders feel that the violet color shows best when combined with the Whitefaced Blue Mutation. Some Whitefaced Blue Violets are almost entirely violet bird, with a soft white face and splendid purple rump. It is a very striking combination.

The presence of a single dark factor can also enhance the strength of the violet color and the violet throughout the bird's body. In a double dark factor bird, however, the violet color is overwhelmed by the dark factor, and is very difficult to detect.

In the past couple of years more breeders have been focusing on the violet mutation and are now easier to find. Please see our Show Classifications for Violet to see the different classes available for violet birds. As mentioned above, you will find great variation among violet birds with some showing a little peach on the forehead, others showing hints of green and blue. It can also be difficult to distinguish between a single violet with 1 dark factor(Medium) and a double violet with 1 dark factor. A parent bird with a double factor violet if paired with a non-violet bird will produce all single violet babies.


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Photo credits: whitefaced violet on title bar by Luciano Baptista; whitefaced violet (top photo) by Mr. Kloosterman; whitefaced violet (middle photo) by Nancy Porras; whitefaced violet (bottom photo) by Luciano Baptista