We do not cross the Pied variety to Spangles as the variety markings do not complement each other within their variety.
Marions favourite pairings to produce Spangles is by pairing a DF Spangle x non-Spangle, you produce 100% single factor (SF) Spangles. We have generally found that the SF Spangles produced from this pairing displays better spangled markings from the back of the head, across the mantle/saddle, and over the wings.
preferred pairing is a DF Spangle x SF Spangle to produce DF and SF Spangles, with the
same advantages as
The Spangle variety has made terrific progress to date in what has been, in terms of budgerigar mutations, a very short time, you have only to look at the way the Spangle was quickly transformed from a minority variety to one that everyone wanted, and has now taken every top award.
There has also been a lot of criticism of some of the Spangles on the show bench in the past poor Spangled markings, lack of spots etc. When we look back at the original Spangles on the show bench, some 20+ years ago, it is fair to say that we had the same faults then as we have now, and looking back at early photographs this can be confirmed.