Look at the head and neck. then compare to the wing. The head neck are the first area on a moult on most young birds. So the better red is the new feathers and the dull is the baby feathers.. At least that is my thoughtIt looks to me as though the darker feathers are pre moult and the faded red ones are newer.
Ashby - Loft - the dark red feathers in the barred area? Are they newly moulted feathers or are they they previous ones.
If it was ember I would think it to be a good ember color. But It is not. I dont think. And the moulted feathers are cleaning up the red. Give this bird about 3 more months To show it better color. Then after the fall moult when it gets its first full adult moult We will know if it is going to get mottled up.I've seen some bad recessive reds but never ones that came mottled like this.
Looks like Ember
I agree but I am not really focusing on the head and neck as from what I have seen in poor rec reds the head and neck are the easiest area to get a consistent colour, The wing shield is often the challenge. I am interested to see how it moults out, It could be beautiful, here's hoping. Until then we can only speculate, The bird is clearly **** rec red thoughLook at the head and neck. then compare to the wing. The head neck are the first area on a moult on most young birds. So the better red is the new feathers and the dull is the baby feathers.. At least that is my thought