green cheek conure has two different colored feet

by Krista
(Houston, TX)

Hi there - My greencheek conure has two different colored feet. One pink and one grey. Is that normal? I read online that some green cheeks have pink feet and some have grey. I'm just wondering if this is normal.

Thanks!

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Feb 27, 2014
pink feet
by: Anonymous

A pink foot does not constitute a hybrid in the green cheek population nor does it indicate a health condition. A pink foot signifies that the bird has either yellow sided, cinnamon or pineapple coloration in its heritage. Make no mistake these birds are not hybrids a hybrid would require that the parents were from a different species and these are green cheeks through and through. The yellow sided mutation occurs naturally in wild populations of green cheeks and through careful breeding the cinnamons and pineapples were created. I think it is irresponsible to spread misinformation without first doing a bit of research on the topic.

May 15, 2012
Conure with different colored feet
by: The Avian Vet

This is often caused by a stain from a toy or colored perch. Try washing his foot to see if it comes off. Use a white cloth to see if the color stains the cloth. IF the stain does not come off, then have him examined by an avian veterinarian.

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May 14, 2012
green cheek conure has two different colored feet
by: Linda

I did a little research and came up with this site for you:

http://www.feathert.com/greencheekgenetics.html

It appears that your conure may be part of some kind of hybrid breeding, and it has left him with feet of different colors. The normal color for the feet is a gray, and as you will see on the above site, most of the hybrids have lighter almost pink feet.

Take a look at the site and see if one of his feet looks like the hybrids' feet in the pictures. They have side by side comparisons so you might be able to pick up some other differences. Sorry you bought a bird the seller was not truthful about. It's also possible seller did not know your bird was from a hybrid breeding.I strongly suggest you NOT breed this bird because the hybrids are ruining the gene pool for all species of parrot. If we are ever able to release any breeding colonies back into the wild, we will not have any pure genetic pools left to do so with.

Make sure anyone who later buys your bird understands a bit about his breeding too. We need less hybrids and not more as they are unpredictable both physically and mentally. The general behavior guidelines do not work with the hybrids of any species

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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