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    Cool New Albino Cockatiel

    I went to the petstore for an aquarium part and ended up with another cockatiel. The last thing that I need is another pet right now but I just couldn't resist. The mutation is called a white face lutino which is a just fancy way of saying albino. I was helpless with this character. It was love at first sight.












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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Albino tiels are so pretty! I have a lutino, he is 12yr old now. I've had him since a baby. He's been blind since about a year old due to cataracts. His cage mate is a sun conure. He doesn't like to be held anymore due to his blindness but he still finds time each day to sing his little heart out, we mute the tv just to listen to him, he sounds so happy.

    I think albinos are the prettiest tiels followed by lutinos. What did you name him/her?
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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    I haven't named him/her/it yet. It's only been a couple of days and I'm not sure of the sex. I was pretty sure that it is a female but each day it shows off a little more so now I'm not sure. If it's a female then I thought that Lily would be a good name.

    My first cockatiel was a lutino named Sugar. She lived to be almost 20 years old and I still have one of her sons, Spot, who is 18.

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    Grin...my tiel is named Hermie - I didn't know if he was boy or a girl when we got him, its short for hermaphrodite
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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    wow what a beauty
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    Beautiful. :] I almost got a lutino myself but a vocal grey tiel changed my mind.

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    So pretty! I miss having a tiel around they are animated little birds
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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Wow.. s/he's really pretty. I've never seen/heard of an albino or lutino cockatiel before. My sister has a cockatiel but its mean... I think her SO caught it wild (they live in south flordia so someone probably let it loose) so its not hand tamed whatsoever.

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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Lol, whitefaced lutinos are NOT albino. WF lutinos have blue eyes, whereas albinos have, of course, red eyes. =) Just a little FYI. ^_^

    But s/he's very pretty, and looks young. ^_^

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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    A lot of people use Albino and Lutino Cockatiel synonymously. "Albino" tiels are a mutation that is a combination of Whiteface & Lutino is it not? Correct me if I'm wrong. :P
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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Albino is albino - same thing as any other albino animal. No colour whatsoever.

    Whiteface lutinos aren't albino. XD
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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    The Cockatiels sold/known as "Albino" are actually a combination of two mutations (white face + lutino) The white face + lutino mutation makes the phenotype appearance of an albino (all white feathers, pink feet, red eyes and no cheek patch) (Lutinos have red eyes) There Is no such thing as a true Albino Cockatiel. White face-Lutino tiels are inaccurately called Albino. It's common. :] Interesting stuff. Genetics.
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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    I dunno where you're getting your information...I did a lot of research in preparation of breeding my normal-coloured female and my cinnamon pearl lutino male (and then decided not to breed after all), and not only do I know that lutinos not have red eyes, there are such things as true albinos. The whiteface lutino I had, had blue eyes. Amante, my lutino now, blue eyes. My whiteface pearl pied, kind of grey/washed out blue eyes. Normal female and pearl females, brown eyes.

    ETA - however, I think I see the link that you got your information from. Maybe you're right. When I was looking into breeding (this was obviously a few years ago, lol), they still believed they were true albinos...Gonna have to look into this more...

    Though, it is wrong that all lutinos have red eyes. XD I could provide photographic proof of that one, if my laptop hadn't nuked, with all my old pictures...

    ETA again - good lord...things have changed (which is good, except that it makes me look ignorant now, hahaha!). Whitefacer clear pied is what my little Louie must have been...Bah. How cool. Thanks for making me look all this up, LOL.

    ETA yet again - wow, apparently only one true albino cocktiel has been bred, and it died shortly after fledging...But that seems conflicting, since everyone says that there is not true albino gene - that Lutino is the equivelent of "albino" in mammals. @_@

    Errr...anyway! I'm sorry for my ignorance, didn't mean to try to rain on anyone's parade!
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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Hehe It can be confusing. I got my info originally from a Cockatiel breeder. ;D Told me to watch out for other breeders selling "Albino" tiels as they are misleading because there has not been any indication that there is a true Albino Cockatiel as of yet. Only a mimic multi-mutation which is sold/thought of as an equivalent. I took the liberty of looking it up and genetic/breeding sites confirm this.

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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Thank you for all of the kind comments everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Katzyn View Post
    Lol, whitefaced lutinos are NOT albino. WF lutinos have blue eyes, whereas albinos have, of course, red eyes. =) Just a little FYI. ^_^

    But s/he's very pretty, and looks young. ^_^

    All lutino cockatiels have red eyes. A white faced cockatiel with grey/blue eyes is actualy a clear pied. Many people get the 2 confused because white faced clear pieds are not commonly seen. I have been breeding cockatiels for over 20 years and have only seen white faced clear pied 'tiels in pictures.

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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Yeahhh, I already apologized for being wrong and thinking I was right. ;D

    So, with my current lutino cinnamon pearl male...did his grey eyes come from the cinnamon side of him?

    And yeah, I've only had the one WF clear pied...he was actually a school's, and they had rescued him from outside - I guess he'd gotten lost or something. He was such an odd little bird...completely unlike my other two (at the time).

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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Yes, the color of his eyes came from the cinnamon gene. However, he cannot be lutino and cinnamon pearl. A cockatiel can only be lutino if it is white, cream, or light yellow with red eyes. Your bird would be a cinnamon pearl split to lutino meaning that he carries the lutino gene but does not display lutino coloring. Because your bird's eyes are grey I strongly suspect that he is a cinnamon pearl pied split to lutino. Do you have a picture? This is my male (normal grey) pearl pied. He is split to lutino and cinnamon.






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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Aha, this one I actually asked a breeder about.

    He is very much lutino, and had very slight pearl markings as a youngster. I didn't know he was also cinnamon until I saw a lutino cinnamon on a breeders website, noticed Amante had the "dirty lutino" look to him that she talked about, sent her this photo, and she said he was definitely what she was talking about.



    That was just after a bath, too, so...not dirt. He was about...2-2.5 years old in that pic.

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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    Sorry, I haven't been on for a few days. My eyesight is horrible but it looks like your bird has cinnamon coloring on his back. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. If that is the case then he is a cinnamon pearl pied. I believe that you said that he had pearl markings as a juvie. He is a beautiful bird.

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    Re: New Albino Cockatiel

    His whole body is light yellow, with the very, very light cinnamon colouring on his back/wings.


    Same bird, just different lighting, and not after a bath.

    Here's the site where I heard about the "dirty lutino", and the breeder I contacted. http://www.kirstenmunson.com/cockatiels/lutino.html
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