Red opaline-pastel

Description: The picture shows a red opaline-pastel hen. The eyes are red. The cheeks are striking white. The colour of the belly, breast, back and rump is red. The extension of the red pigment is reaching the tail feathers. The brown yellow band on the wings are in nice contrast with the remainder of the wing. In the flights most of the blue colour disappears. The reason is that the melanin in this spots is gone.

Development: Much breeders in Holland and Germany worked on it. This colour variety was popular during a long time. Colour variance is occurring frequently. There are faded colours but very bright colours also. The more red specimen are preferred. The loss of eumelanin in the whole plumage is the reason that the red pigment can show up. The colour of the belly and breast but also the back and rump is intensive red. The loss of melanin is confirmed by the white cheeks. Wit a lot of brown eumelanin the red pigment is rose. There are two selections working together, diminishing the eumelanin and extending and intensifying the red pigment.

Name giving: Red opaline-pastel. The red colour is the most striking aspect. The colour difference with the rose opaline-pastel is obviousness. Opaline and pastel are both characteristics of the eumelanin. The typical white triangle on the wing is an opaline mark. The reduction of the eumelanin is a distinctive pastel characteristic. Thus fare the colour variety is named in Germany and Holland "Lachs"( German)=salmon coloured. Names like "Lachs", pink are frequently used. A better name is the colour name followed by the names that are characterising the eumelanin.

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