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on this webpage i found...
Tiel mutations

this!...
"A lot of the excitement for cockatiel breeding can be explained by the many beautiful mutations that have occurred over the years. Starting with the normal grey, then pieds, cinnamons, lutinos and pearlies have resulted from matings. Later on white-faces, silvers and albinos have stirred up excitement in aviculture. Recently an orange-crested cock with the orange cheek patch extending into the face and crest has occurred. Breeders are waiting to see what mutation will pop up next, which explains the enthusiasm and joy they get from their hobby of breeding cockatiels."

WHAT THE???
has anyone else heard of this?
 

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no, no pikkies... just that blurb,
not sure quite what to make of it... if it is true i would have thought the news would be all over the bird world...
 

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:lol: That would look unique! I wonder if it's just a freak of nature or an actual mutation.
 

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Wow, I can imagine that would look stunning. I love the little crests on their heads, do they serve a purpose at all, apart from looking good for the opposite sex?
Well, the position of a cockatiel's crest is an indicator of its mood.

I hope someone finds a picture of this orange-crested cockatiel, because that's got to look really interesting.
 

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i would love to see this mutation...
I have heard that sometimes though, if you give a cockatiel too much choline, it can cause the orange of the cheek patches to "bleed" over the entire head...
not sure if that's what they are talking about or not...I couldn't access the link from work to take a peek at what's going on there.
It would be absolutely neat though. if it's a true mutation
 

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It would be really great, if there was a new mutation with an orange crest. It would look amazing!! :D I hope there is a real one and like Bea already said not " a freak of nature! "
 

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I would love too see photos, if it was true aswell :D But somehow I don't think it is, I may be wrong but I have never heard of it before:confused:
 

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not sure if that's what they are talking about or not...I couldn't access the link from work to take a peek at what's going on there.
It would be absolutely neat though. if it's a true mutation
That one line was the only mention, so there's nothing more on this orange crested tiel. :confused:
 

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Yeah..maybe some weirdo posted that on the internet. I only really belive stuff from the internet if its on a university website.

I mean, I could write on the internet I bred Blue-Cheeked Cockatiels which are green with blue cheeks. :p
 

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lol yeah i assumed it was not true cos i have not heard of it before.... but you never know, i needed more opinions... if no one else has seen any info on it, i think it must be a joke...
 

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It's possible that he "thinks" he has a new mutation, not realizing that it's TOO much of a mineral/vitamin. The coloring won't actually go away until the bird's first molt, and that's only if the choline is reduced...so anyone buying this "new" mutation unaware, wouldn't know the difference. They would just think that the color changes as a pearl male does during it's first molt.
Maybe this guy genuinly thinks he came across a new mutation...
Probably though, he will find out soon enough that it's just somethign that happens to ALL tiels if given too much choline.
 
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