BIRDS COLOR MUTATIONS (COCKATIELS)

 

Windy City Aviary Cockatiel Color Mutations Guide
Cockatiels (Click on the picture for larger view)
Picture Color Mutation Description
  Normal Gray This color variation is typical of Cockatiels in the wild. The primary color of plumage is gray. Gray is seen on the tail and chest with a paler gray color on the abdomen, the middle tail feathers, lower back and upper tail coverts are also a pale shade of gray. For show, the gray color of normals should be uniform throughout.
  Pied The pied Cockatiel is perhaps the best known. Show standards dictate 75% yellow to 25% dark gray color variation in the plumage. Many different variations of this ratio can be seen in pet quality Cockatiels.
  Lutino The Lutino Cockatiel can only be described as beautiful. The Lutino exhibits a striking deep buttercup yellow plumage. The color is consistent throughout; sometimes some wing feathers are seen in a lighter shade of yellow than the rest of the feathers.
  Cinnamon The Cinnamon Cockatiel as the name would imply, this Cockatiel has lovely cinnamon plumage throughout.
 

Cinnamon Pearl Pied

This triple mutation Cinnamon Pearl Pied cockatiel has the coloration of a Cinnamon with the feather patterns of both a Pied and a Pearl. The female will retain her pearling, while the male will lose most or all his pearling by the second molt.

  Fallow The Fallow cockatiel has a very similar coloration to that of the Cinnamon cockatiel, but with a slightly diluted depth of color. The fallow has red eyes, a pink beak, and pink feet.
  Pearl The Pearl Cockatiel has well defined heavy pearl markings. The markings are typically seen in buttercup yellow, with females having more pronounced markings than the males.
  White Faced

In a white-face, all yellow and orange areas on bird replaced with white. Males develop a white face mask after first molt; females do not. The White Faced is most interesting in combination with the Lutino. A White Faced Lutino is a true albino. True albinos are in very short supply

  White Faced Cinnamon

In a white-face, all yellow and orange areas on bird replaced with white. Males develop a white face mask after first molt; females do not. This Cockatiel has lovely cinnamon plumage throughout.

 

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