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Friday, December 15, 2017
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Pied Cockatiel

The Pied Cockatiel mutation occurs when some of the (melanin) dark feathers of the birds body color are replaced with yellow or white. The cockatiel can be mostly yellow (heavy pied), mostly dark (light) pied, have dark feathers on its face (dirty face pied) or no dark at all except for the eyes (clear pied).

No two pieds are exactly alike although I have observed familial tendencies towards certain patterns.  I have also observed the pied feathering change a bit after moulting. These variegated cockatiels can produce spectacular birds and can co-exist with a variety of mutations producing beautiful patterns.

Often the term "Split to Pied" is heard.  It means that a cockatiel carries the recessive gene for pied.  You can observe spots of yellow or white on the back of a cockatiel's head or on other parts of the body.  There can also be a dark toenail and/or a pied mark on a beak.

One drawback with the pied mutation is their is no visual method to tell males from females. There is no yellow or white face, and tail-barring can occur in both males or females or neither. However, they can often be sexed by behavior or more definitively by DNA testing.

This autosomal recessive gene needs to occurs dominantly or recessively in both parents in order for a Pied Cockatiel to be obtained.  The Pied Cockatiel is also known as the Harlequin Cockatiel.

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