Breeding Indian Ring Neck Mutations


The number of variations that may be produced by Indian Ring Necks is mind-boggling. This species has had more mutations than any other bird other than the Budgerigar. What makes this so interesting is that the potential for creating even more variants on the standard green is limitless. The options seem to be practically limitless.

In the last 10 years, the Lutino and Blue variants have been widely accessible in the United States, resulting in a price decrease. They are no longer thought to be unusual mutations.

The male Lutino is a buttercup yellow with pink eyes, flesh-colored feet and legs, and a red beak. His neck ring is rose-colored and blends into peach. The female is almost identical to the male, except that she loses the neck ring at maturity.

Blue males have delicate powder blue plumage, with the hue most prominent on the crest and forehead. The neck ring is off white or light gray with a pristine white border. The bill is red, with gray feet and legs. The female is all blue and has no neck collar. The Blues are still more uncommon than the Lutinos, but they are growing more popular.

Albinos are pure white with a pink beak and pink eyes. The neck ring is completely absent in both sexes. Albinos were initially produced in the 1960s and are now well established in Australia. They are still not as tough as the others and are more difficult to grow. The Cream Albino has bone white fur and crimson eyes.

In 1978, the Gray mutation was first bred in Australia. Its plumage is silver, gray, and black in three tones. It’s a bird from the Blue Series. It may produce both Blues and Grays when bred to a Blue. The Gray is a dominant mutation that generates the Gray Green when combined with the original dominant Green. This is a khaki-colored bird that is not as appealing as the others but is valuable in breeding efforts.

Cinnamon is a well-established mutation. This bird has lime yellow feathers with cinnamon colored flights and tail feathers. There is also a Cinnamon and Blue double mutant that generates a light blue with a cinnamon over wash.

The Turquoise is a green bird with delicate, silky blue plumage that changes color depending on the angle of light reaching it. The appearance is nearly iridescent and very eye-catching.

In this nation, there are just a few Yellow Head mutations. This is a sex-linked mutation, and some breeders are attempting to combine it with Blues.

The lovely Pied is one of the most recent variations to emerge. Jaynee Salan of California is credited with creating this unusual mutation, with her Blue Pied being one of the most beautiful. This pattern mutation is inherited in the same way as a color is, as a simple recessive trait. No two Pieds are ever the same. Color patterns vary from bird to bird, with none of the males attaining the typical ring collar.

Cobalt Blue, Violet, and Mauve are all intriguing color mutations that are just waiting to be discovered.

WHY ARE SO MANY MUTATIONS POSSIBLE?

The Ringneck’s feather structure lets us to see both blue and green coloring. Because there are both Blue and Green series birds in this species, a broad range of mutations may be generated. The Lutino is an Albino from the Green group of birds. The Albino is white in the Blue series.

Some hues are caused by a mutation that prohibits the creation of a specific pigment. A Green bird that is unable to develop yellow pigment results in a Blue. When a Green bird experiences a mutation that stops it from making melanin, the consequence is the entirely yellow Lutino. Pied birds develop when patches of the bird’s skin fail to synthesize melanin.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE GENETICS INVOLVED

Some mutations have been seen in the wild. This extraordinary miracle may happen in your own aviary, similar to winning the huge jackpot in the lotto. To anticipate the colors to expect with any precision, some basic understanding of avian genetics is required.

Color inheritance in the Ringneck is divided into three categories: sex related, recessive, and dominant. Lutino, Cinnamon, and Albino are the colors associated with sex. Blues and Pieds are recessive hues. Gray is a dominating hue that may appear in both single and double factor forms.

When it comes to sex related colors, the male has two color genes and the female just one. When a sex linked male (such as a Lutino) is bred to any other color female, all of her female chicks will be the same color as the father. (Lutino) If a sex linked color male (such as a Lutino) is bred to a female of the same color (such as a Lutino), all chicks, male and female, will be the same color. (Lutino)

To develop recessive colors such as Pied or Blue, you must have the visible color or a bird divided to that hue (containing a recessive gene for that color) on both sides. When a Blue cock is mated with a Green split to Blue hen, the result is 50% Blue chicks and 50% Green split to Blue chicks.

The Ringnecks allow for hundreds of different combinations. They are dependable breeders and normally make good parents. They do not retain a close connection over the year and quickly accept a new partner since they are “non-pair bond” birds. The new partners acclimate quickly, while a cock that had a green companion the previous year may take a little longer to begin courting with a Blue or Lutino. Ringnecks will often begin nesting as early as eighteen months of age. This confluence of elements enables a more fast breeding program than is conceivable in most other species.

When breeding mutations, it is often important for the program to keep whole clutches of their offspring. Only after molting can the finest specimens be picked.

In certain circumstances, test mating is the only method to find out whether a bird is split for a specific hue. Aviary area is important, as is staying power in the Aviculturist.

As a result, it is best if a program is limited to producing just one or at most two compatible mutations, such as the Lutino and the Blue. Building a strain of one of the uncommon mutations may be a time-consuming but very enjoyable endeavor.

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