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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White Face is a stunning, fairly common mutation.

Cockatiel Mutations pictures

This is actually untrue. The mature male will have a bright face and plain tail, the immature bird and the mature female will have the dull faces and barred tails. The male Cinnamon Cockatiel develops a bright yellow face also know as the mask and bright orange cheek patches after his first molt. Even at this late date, they still must be outcrossed to correct this fault.

The main difference though is that the double factors are lighter than the single factor ones. Males tend to strut around – they lift their wings slightly, stick their chest out and parade and strut, normally calling at he same time. It is easy to sex except for the pied and when tame makes a very enchanting per. Recently an orange-crested cock with the orange cheek patch extending into the face and crest has occurred.


The albino I observed in in the Netherlands was completely snow white. This is a striking combination of yellow or white with light or dark grey. It can be hard to determine visually which mutation you are looking at.

They are commonly referred to as “albinos” as they are all white with red eyes. If the Fallow is also pied the eyes tend to remain a brighter pinkish red color.

Cockatiel Mutations

Actually a combination of whiteface and lutino. Note the pics of Ralphie whiteface and Linus cinnamon below. A common, and very pretty, combination is the “white face, cinnamon, pearl, pied.

Their eyes are red. However, just as is the case with humans, females can have “boyish” figures with narrow hips; and some males have wider hips. Next to the Budgerigar, it is the most popular psittacine as a per.

Bird is solid white. Normal Body is grey with white on wings and yellow cheek patches. Olive AKA Emerald -is a mutaions rare mutation, and hardly seen outside of a breeders aviary or a show.

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The pearl mutation has a scalloping effect on the back of the neck, mantle and wings and sometimes on the breast. The next mutatipns of this pairing would produce albinos of both sexes at the ratio of one to eight. Pied Loss of mktations on random sections of the body, showing up as alternating light and dark.


This applies to cockatiels as well. Cockatiel females and young birds have barring on the underside of the tail as can be seen above. Although yellow barring on the underside of the tail are visible in females. A clear pied looks identical to a Lutino or even a White-face lutino.

Hens may also have slight yellow flecking on head. The body color is a very pale cinnamon suffused with yellow, the face yellow and the eyes red. Pied is a very common pattern. In lutinos, baldness can occurs behind the crest.

They are generally hens and the body and face color is golden yellow while the wings are tan. Let me try to explain. It mutatjons be mistaken for a light grey, but has a browner overtone, and a paler, softer appearance.

The term marbled cinnamon has been given to this bird.