Originally Posted by mike699
how do you know what color your birds (rollers) are if they are white? some have red flecks others have black flecks, some have nothing but white? dont have any of the parents , ibought all these, so dont have any backround.
Black flecks or feathers can be a bit misleading though. Some ash red pigeons appear as white with black flecks and almond can do this as well.
Pure white birds always have a color underneath and it can be anything. A lot of them are homozygous ash red grizzles and these will usually have orange or colored eyes. Recessive whites will have bull (dark) eyes and can be any color.
With most of these white or near white birds, test breeding is the best way to figure out what they really are and it's not always easy. White can hide just about anything.