Color Mutation Pacific Parrotlets

Many aviculturists are already familiar with the small parrotlet. These small parrots have the same personality as larger birds, yet they can’t scream or devour the coffee table. The Pacific parrotlet, commonly known as the Celestial, is the most well-known and popular parrotlet species. They are less than six inches long, clever, lively, and friendly, and make excellent hand-fed pets. Males have a cobalt-blue feather stripe running from their eye, as well as cobalt-blue on their rump and wings. Many ladies have emerald green eye streaks rather than cobalt. Both birds have dark green backs and wings, as well as yellow-green feathers around their faces and pink beaks and legs. Females in one subspecies have a teal rump, while males have grey wings and backs.

It’s an exciting moment in parrotlet breeding right now. Several colour variations in Pacific parrotlets have been discovered in both Europe and the United States, with many more on the way. Europeans, notably Belgians, have had more opportunity to enhance their stock, but we are coming up rapidly. In the United States, the yellow, blue, and fallow colour variants are currently accessible. In addition to these, Europeans have lutinos, albinos, pastels, and cinnamons. These are all recessive, non-sex related mutations.

The fallow colour mutation is a very faintly coloured yellow bird with beige and green mixed together, not as spectacular as the yellow or blue. Males maintain the typical Pacific’s cobalt wings, backs, and eye streaks. Because the majority of these birds are descended from subspecies, the females often have teal rumps and broad eye stripes. Males and females both have crimson eyes. Many breeders are mating fallows to regular birds to create splits since many of these parrotlets are tiny and have poor fecundity. (A split is a normal-looking bird that has the colour gene. When two splits are mated, 25% of the kids will be visibly coloured.) These splits will then be bred in order to develop visual colour mutations that are larger and healthier than the original coloured birds.

Dr. Rainer Erhart of Michigan created the American yellow, which is quite different from the European bird. The American variant has a beautiful butter yellow all over the body, with no green feathers and black eyes. This is true for both men and women. The European bird is said to have a lot of green feathers mixed in with the yellow. The male in both variants retains the blue wings, eye stripes, and rump, although they are not as dark as in the normals.

Blue Pacifics are stunningly lovely birds with a delicate powder blue coloration. The males retain their beautiful cobalt feathers, which create a magnificent two-tone blue on blue look. With their silky, almost turquoise-colored feathers, the females in this mutation are equally as lovely as the males. We got our stock from Europe and found them to be fairly productive. They’ve had multiple clutches averaging six to eight eggs and are good parents. The babies are big, powerful birds with charming personalities.

It’s an honour to be able to work with these stunning new Pacifics. Color mutations are accessible on the pet market, unlike other unusual parrotlets. Although their costs are now exorbitant, they will become more affordable as more people breed them. Whether breeding for the pet market or attempting to develop new colours, Pacific parrotlets have a lot to offer despite their small size!

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