mutations

 

Natural Grey

This is the wild type of cockatiel.  Male will have the distinct yellow faces where the majority of the females will remain grey.

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Natural Pearl

Pearl is a popular mutation.  Only the females will maintain the pearl pattern into adulthood.  Some pearl pied males will hold onto the pearl longer but will eventually lose it.  Pearl is a sex-linked mutation.

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Natural Cinnamon

Cinnamon is similar to the natural grey but the grey is replaced by a tan to brown, cinnamon like coloring,  earning the name.  Cinnamon will also have dark ruby eyes, not bright like seen in the lutino mutation. This is a sex-linked mutation.

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Natural whiteface

This mutation is similar to the natural grey except the yellow and orange pigment is white which is the origin of the name.

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Natural Pied

Pied is another form of pattern.  They vary from heavy pied to light pied.  When a cockatiel carries the gene for pied they will often be seen with "tick marks" on the back of their heads and necks.

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Lutino

Lutino's get their yellow coloring because this mutation suppresses the melanin pigment which is where the black, brown, and grey hues arises.  Pearls and pied patterns are hard to visualize on a lutino but it is evident with fluorescent lighting.  This is a sex-linked mutation.

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Single Factor Dominant Silver

This is the wild type of cockatiel.  Male will have the distinct yellow faces where the majority of the females will remain grey.

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Emerald

Emerald, also known as olive, is the result of reduced melanin which gives the bird a light grey hue.  The green appearance arises from yellow suffusion along with the light grey base.  Cockatiels do not carry any green pigmentation.

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Whiteface Pied

Whiteface pied is combination of the whiteface and pied mutation.  Like the natural pied, the pattern varies in the amount of clear feathering resulting in light and heavy pied.  The more clear feathers, the more white the bird will be.

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Double Factor Dominant Silver

This mutation is similar to the natural grey except the yellow and orange pigment is white which is the origin of the name.

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Whiteface Pearl

Pied is another form of pattern.  They vary from heavy pied to light pied.  When a cockatiel carries the gene for pied they will often be seen with "tick marks" on the back of their heads and necks.

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Whiteface Pearl Pied

Whiteface pearl pied is a combination of the three mutations.  Again you can have many different variations within this mutation.  This is one of my personal favorites, very stunning birds.

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Whiteface Lutino

Whiteface lutino is an all white bird with red eyes.  Often mistaken as "albino", cockatiels do not carry the blue gene which is the marker for albinos.

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Whiteface Cinnamon Pied

Pearl is a popular mutation.  Only the females will maintain the pearl pattern into adulthood.  Some pearl pied males will hold onto the pearl longer but will eventually lose it.  Pearl are like finger prints, no two pearls are the same.

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Whiteface Emerald

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Whiteface Lutino Pied

Whiteface lutino pieds look exactly like the whiteface lutino.  You can not visually see the pied gene in this mutation due the lack of pigment.

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Whiteface Cinnamon Pearl Pied

Pied is another form of pattern.  They vary from heavy pied to light pied.  When a cockatiel carries the gene for pied they will often be seen with "tick marks" on the back of their heads and necks.

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Whiteface Emerald Pearl

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Pearl Pied

Pearl Pied mutation is the combination of both natural pearl and natural pied.  Though the birds have the pearling pattern, they also have the "scattered" pattern of the pied.

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Cinnamon Pearl Pied

Pearl is a popular mutation.  Only the females will maintain the pearl pattern into adulthood.  Some pearl pied males will hold onto the pearl longer but will eventually lose it.  Pearl are like finger prints, no two pearls are the same.

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Single Factor Dominant Silver Pearl

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Cinnamon Pearl

This mutation is similar to the natural grey except the yellow and orange pigment is white which is the origin of the name.

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Emerald Pearl

Pied is another form of pattern.  They vary from heavy pied to light pied.  When a cockatiel carries the gene for pied they will often be seen with "tick marks" on the back of their heads and necks.

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Double Factor Dominant Silver Pearl

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Lutino Pied

This is the wild type of cockatiel.  Male will have the distinct yellow faces where the majority of the females will remain grey.

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Creamface

Cream face is a mutation that affects the cheek patch color.  Instead of the typical orange you see in a lot of cockatiels, you will notice the cheek is a light cream color.

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Cinnamon Pied

Cinnamon pied is a beautiful mutation.  The clear pieds feathers will appear yellow/white in color, same as the natural pieds.  The more clear feathers, the more yellow the bird will be. 

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Pied is another form of pattern.  They vary from heavy pied to light pied.  When a cockatiel carries the gene for pied they will often be seen with "tick marks" on the back of their heads and necks.

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