Birds Breed - Cockatiel

Cockatiel Albino


The science of cockatiel colour genetics deals with the heredity of colour variation in the feathers of cockatiels, (Nymphicus hollandicus). About fifteen primary colour mutations have been established in the species which enable the production of many different combinations.

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The “lutino” sex-linked recessive mutation is a perfect example of a type of cockatiel that are the hardest to sex visually. Lutinos lack eumelanin pigment (enabling black, brown, grey colours and tones) and are consequently yellow to yellowish-white with orange cheek-patches. Adult female lutinos as well as immature lutinos of both genders display yellow bars, dots and/or stripes on the underside of their tail feathers. Mature males however can be sex visually by their always displaying solid white coloured undersides of tail feathers.

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