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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This mutation is also commonly referred to as “lacewings” When a Fallow is crossed with a Cinnamon the Cinnamon will mask the Fallow color of the offspring. If the Fallow is also pied the eyes tend to remain a brighter pinkish red color. Pied Loss of pigmentation on random sections of the body, showing up as alternating light and dark.

Pearl is another common pattern. Contrary to most other color mutations the hen is more attractive cockatoel the cock. In other words, you cannot differentiate the sexes of the pied cockatiels by looking at them! Next to the Budgerigar, it is the most popular psittacine as a per.

Cockatiel Mutations

However, they should more appropriately be called “White-face Lutino. There is the dominant silver, and the recessive silver. Hold back all cockatie offspring, which will be splits to fallow.

I’ve been told and read you can tell when a cockatiel is split to white face because the area around the cheek patch the orange dots will be whiter than one who is not – I’ve tested this theory several times and as of today I can say in my birds case it is not true at all.

So you hear about these different colors and patterns, but how do you tell them apart, and more importantly, what type is YOUR bird!? Though he will retain some scattered spots, they too will dissipate over several molts.


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Something I want to clear up that I often see being said that is very wrong. Species Research by Sibylle Johnson.

At first glance, and even on close inspection, it often looks like the normal dark eyes. The colors are the same as the pied with the pearling only on portions of the wings. The male Normal Grey has grey feathers over his entire body, with the exception of the white wing bars, yellow face and bright orange cheek patches. No matter the mutation ALL Juvenile birds under 1 yr old or 1st molt will look identical to a female of the same mutation.

The lutino cockatiel has a tendency to have a large bald spot on the back side of the crest area. Both males have the solid head color and are losing their pearls.

The different shades of color comes from the amount of melanin produced. White Face is a stunning, fairly common mutation. It is easy to sex except for the pied and when tame makes a very enchanting per.

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.

Where a normal adult male will get the bright head, and the female retain the dull head, in the pied mutation, the way a pied baby is when it is young, is the same as it’ll be when it’s older. The body plumage can vary from a Lutino appearing bird with very pale mutaations beige wash to a soft light milk chocolate shade, with a deep yellow suffusion to the face and chest of both sexes.

There was no cheek patch. Fallow is the same dusty brown color, though fallow tends more to the yellowish side than the cinnamon’s brownish color.

Let me try to explain. The mutation actually removes all yellow and orange pigmentation from the tiel, so anything that was normally yellow or orange on any other above mutations, is turned white when combined with the white face mutation. Occasional males will not loose their speckling, but the majority of them do.


A clear pied cockayiel identical to a Lutino or even a White-face lutino. In fact the odds are very low even after you get the mutationw pamng. Remember, we were only talking about the main color of mutztions body; there are other mutations to talk about yet! This mutation needs a lot of work before it becomes established. The term marbled cinnamon has been given to this bird.

There are three different types of genetic mutations in the Cockatiel. The Normal Grey is the original bird native to Australia.

The cockariel, Nymphicus bollandicus, mutafions undoubtedly one of the most popular species among aviculturists. So with that said if any one says “you can tell if your bird is split to White face, cinnamon etc” don’t believe them it’s untrue. This mutation, like fallow, is recessive and contains red eyes. The pearl mutation was first developed in in West Germany.

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A lot of mutationns excitement for cockatiel breeding can be explained by the many beautiful mutations that have occurred over the years. One of the best is a bird completely clear except for two evenly marked grey patches on the back of each wing. As a result, there are many cockatiels sold as Fallows, by inexperienced breeders. Before I go, I’ll touch briefly on the fact that the mutations can double, triple, and quadruple up!

Cockatiel Mutations

Her colors are lighter. It may be due to this similarity that there has been some confusion between these two. Your email address will not be published. Grey areas often turn cinnamon in color.