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Hello! I'm looking forward getting 2 cockatiels soon and had a few questions before I picked out a baby from a local breeder.
Firstly, how old do normal greys have to be before you can tell if they'll have markings on the back of their heads or not?

Also, how old do lutinos have to be before you can tell if they're going to be buttercup yellow or clear, snowy white?


Finally, how old does a lutino have to be before you can determine if he will have a bald spot or not?
 

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None of these things are age related, so you will see whether the bird has these features or not as soon as it has feathers. The yellow spot on the back of the head is a sign that the bird is split to pied. Lutino feathers don't change color with age, except that if a bird is cinnamon lutino the cinnamon wash will probably be darker after the first molt. If a lutino is going to have a bald spot, it will never have any feathers in that area.
 
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