There are three different types of genetic mutations in the Cockatiel. These are Sex-Linked, Recessive, and Dominant. The Sex-linked mutations are Pearl. Explore Jagadish Jay’s board “Cockatiels and its mutations” on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Birds, Cockatiel and Beautiful birds. Different mutations of cockatiels | See more ideas about Parrots, Beautiful birds and Parakeets.

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Edges of feathers usually down the back are marked with white or yellow. The lutino mutation occurred from two normal looking cockatiels in in Florida and belonged to C.

The bird we have now originated in Belgium cocaktiel the late 60’s. The eyes of the cinnamon mutation appear much lighter than the normal grey bird and this also varies in degree of intensity. Cockatiels do not have a true “albino” mutation as they don’t carry the BLUE gene.

Cockatiel Mutations

Mature adult males have a white face as opposed to the yellow mask typical of the other varieties. The different shades of color comes from the amount of melanin produced. In all young birds and the adult females, the face is still duller, but it’s a dull grey with a fainter grey cheek spot, rather than the dull yellow and orange remember, there is no yellow or orange in a white face tiel.

The beak and feet are light toned, lacking melanin pigments, with the toenails appearing a pale tan. Males develop a yellow face mask after first molt; females do not. Females retain pearls throughout their lives. Later on white-faces, silvers and albinos have stirred up excitement in aviculture.


The pearl mutation is sex-linked as is the cinnamon and lurinoand is an excellent mutation to use with double mutations. Note that it is different to the normal dull of the immature and female face, and is apparent even in the immature female face as a clearly different, pastel’, shade of yellow and orange.

Cockatiel Mutations

This applies to cockatiels as well. This is a striking combination of yellow or white with light or dark grey.

A careful note to make is the albino cockatiel. The dominant silver is the cockagiel light silver color as the recessive silver, but the dominant silvers have a dark grey? Note the difference between Ralphie whiteface and Linus below. Grey areas often turn cinnamon in color. The pied is recessive, so unlike the sex-linked mutation the hen can be split to pied. The body plumage can vary from a Lutino appearing bird with very pale warm beige wash to a soft light milk chocolate shade, with a deep yellow suffusion to the face and chest of both sexes.

Like the cinnamon, the cock bird is generally a darker shade. This means it carries the trait on its genes and can pass it on to it’s offspring. Pied is the only mutation that you can visually tell when a bird is split to it. Species Research by Sibylle Johnson. Information pertaining to sexing the below mutations have been added as available It is very different from all the previous mutations in that it does not have the orange cheek patch.

A lot if inbreeding of this mutation caused this undesirable bald patch, which doesn’t diminish the tiel’s pet quality – but is not a desired trait for breeding. Feathers are a darker metallic silver, with orange check patches and black eyes, feet and beak except in pieds, which have flesh-colored feet and beaks.

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Cockatiell is another common pattern. The colors are the same as the pied with the pearling only on portions of the wings. Other terms used for this cpckatiel are laced and opaline. The head of the lutino is always a bright yellow with bright orange cheek spots.

Males develop a white face mask after first molt; females do not.

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Other than the visual sexing that can be performed on mature birds, some breeders also check the pelvic bones as means of sexing a bird. Although yellow barring on the underside of the tail are visible in females.

Females retain their pearly coloration into adulthood, while male lose their pearlings after their first molt turning into a Pied cockatiel – rather than pearly pied. Give Us a Link If you found our site to be useful, please link our website to yours.

The lutino cockatiel has a tendency to have a large bald spot on the back side of the crest area. They first occurred in the aviaries of Mrs. Even lutino yellow or albino white hens have such barring – except, the barring is less visible — it’s more of a shading that can be seen, however, when a tiel is held against a light source.

The cinnamon is sex-linked in origin and they can be sexed after the first molt as with the normal cockatiel. The pied was the first cockariel mutation to occur in captivi ty. The Fallow is a red eyed bird.