Pale fallow aka Recessive silver
Aka Recessive silver
Mutation: Pale fallow
Inheritance: Autosomal recessive
Pigment change: Albinism
Pale fallow is still mostly known by the older name recessive silver. This color is one of the older ones and was originated in 70s. At first the pale fallow and dominant edged were both bundled together and named silvers. Pale fallow was called recessive silver, edged was called dominant silver. These names are still very commonly used but as a matter of fact these two colors have nothing to do with each other. They actually don’t even reseble each other and they are very easily recognized. The pale fallow is an albinistic color: it has pink beak and feet and its eyes are very bright red. Then again, it’s a bit harder to tell the difference between Australian silvers: dilute and faded. The easiest sign is the red eye.
Previously the pale fallow was also known as ashen fallow which is another gene, part of the group of fallows. Later MUTAVI has listed recessive silver to be caused by the gene pale fallow.
Whiteface pale fallow male. Photo: Sherri Inskeep Lewis/Tame Tiels Aviary
Pale fallows are a bit harder to breed than averge. Waking up their breeding mood can sometimes be hard and the chicks may suffer from slow development. Also cot deaths occur at times. Previously I heard breeders discussing that their recessive silvers had difficulties choosing a mate which didn’t have a red eye and that the color suffered from bald spot, such as lutinos have at times- I am not sure whether these experiences are current anymore. Especially in Europe the pale fallow has been showing signs of getting its popularity back. Some breeder report that they have kind personality.
Some cases of pale fallow have arrived to Finland but the importer didn’t really kow what he was holding in his hands so pretty soon we lost the track of this color. The only birds that were known in public died very soon. Rest of the birds were sold to average hobbyists and thus, the gene has now disappeared somewhere. Luckily, during the years breeders have imported several splits to Finland. In 2017 three visual pale fallow pearls were brought to the country.
Gender identification and chicks
The gender differences can be told easily from the general sex dimorphic signs, the tail stripes, the mask and the wing spots. Males may be lighter in color than females.
Chics can be recognized in the nest from their bright red eye.
Chick on the righ is pale fallow pied. Photo: Mike Salazar
Whiteface pale fallow pearl pied.
Comparison: Whiteface cinnamon male (left) and whiteface pale fallow male (right). Photo: Sherri Inskeep Lewis/Tame Tiels Aviary
Pale fallow pearl pied and DYC pale fallow. Photo: Mike Salazar
I haven’t worked with this mutation.