Harrison: Cockatiel [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

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Subject: Harrison: Cockatiel [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "Esme Barker and Bruce Ramsay" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 10:00:57 +1000
Hi Marnix.
If it had red eyes it is probably a lutino. Lutino is a sex linked recessive trait exhibited by birds - it is especially common in cage budgerigars and is easily bred for, especially if one starts out with a lutino male (all his female offspring will be lutino).
If it didn't have red eyes it wasn't a lutino - but one of the other colour variations that can occur. I'm not well-up on cockatiel colour mutations, but budgies have a dark-eyed (ie normal) yellow form as well as the red-eyed lutino form.
Bruce Ramsay
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