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Hello! My male cockatiel Ian is 14 years old, a whiteface gentleman with bits of white on the back of his head. I have no clue about his pedigree, he's just my sweet old man. He has a mate and a roommate and they all get along surprisingly well.

Recently I started giving them all vitamin supplements and they had a good healthy molt. My youngest has started to grow in his big boy feathers, but I wasn't expecting my oldest to also change! He now has thrice as many white feathers on the back of his head. Is this a normal part of late stage cockatiel development? I've heard of pieds changing their patterns, but never a whiteface.

I apologize for not having a "before" picture for you all, but here is the back of his head for anyone interested. He used to only have one little white patch! What a puzzle. The reason I put this in this particular thread is because I'm wondering if this is a genetic thing, maybe breed specific, or if it's something all cockatiel breeds can potentially do. Your thoughts on the matter are very appreciated!

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