Parrotlet Color Mutations

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The Dilute Turquoise Parrotlet

In this article, we will be discussing the genetic mutations of turquoise parrotlets. Let us start with the dilute turquoise, which is also known as the white turquoise. This bird is comprised of three genes. The turquoise gene, the yellow gene, and the blue gene.

The dilute turquoise Parrotlet is now bred in various sub-types listed below.

  • Dilute turquoise
  • Dilute turquoise pied
  • Dilute turquoise fallow
  • Dilute turquoise fallow pied

Work is also being done to create a dilute turquoise pastel. Most dilute turquoise parrotlets will either be shaded yellow from the yellow gene and or turquoise from the turquoise gene which comes through as a seafoam green color. Both of these birds are some of the most beautiful parrotlets in captivity.

Several years ago this parrotlet was considered rare, but through many years of breeding, now it is plentiful. We will be adding a photo of the dilute turquoise Parrotlet courtesy of Xtreem Parrotlets. The seafoam green fallow type is the most popular amongst pet lovers and also the hobby breeders. If you are a breeder, the dilute turquoise is an excellent choice to pair up with other turquoise parrotlets. Their genetics allow for many exciting new parrotlet mutations to be created. For example, you can add pied to the dilute turquoise which will, in turn, produce a beautiful pied effect. You can also add fallow and produce a beautiful red-eyed dilute turquoise.

For the advanced breeder, you can create a dilute turquoise fallow pied pastel. That would be considered one rare parrotlet. And for the pet lover whether you purchase the yellow shaded bird or the seafoam green or even the rare pastel as mentioned above, all will make great pets.
These birds can be taught to talk and do many other tricks. And you will be surprised the way they will bond with you as long as you give them the proper time and love that they deserve.

The Turquoise Pied Parrotlet

The turquoise pied Parrotlet is perhaps the most beautiful of all parrotlets. They cannot be found in the wild they must be created. Through the past 20 years, major genetic improvements have made to the turquoise pied. The most multicolored of all the turquoise parrotlet mutations. The turquoise gene is an incomplete blue gene. This incomplete blue gene comes in different levels. The chromosomes hold the color gene. The color gene which was blue had to be manipulated to Color up to only 50%. Giving us turquoise. That gives us our basic turquoise color. It can also be called the blue turquoise. Once that point was reached many generations of selective breeding had to take place in order to fix the line. That equated into years. So you can imagine all of the time and test breeding just to make a basic turquoise pied Parrotlet. So in order to breed the turquoise pied, a full turquoise Parrotlet had to be created first. Through the past two decades, huge strides have been made in accomplishing the creation of the turquoise pied.

There are now several varieties of turquoise pieds. We have the turquoise pied fallow which has been around only for the past 8/9 years. Turquoise pieds are abundant today in the U.S. But super breeders such as Billy XTREEM have turned breeding the turquoise pied into an art form. After many years of creating new genetic codes we now have super pieds. Instead of just two or three colors in the turquoise pied, we now have several colors. The turquoise pied now has colors such as cinnamon, yellow, blue, white, silver, black, green and all different shades and temperatures of these colors all in one bird.

Also, we have topped it off with fallow showing off bright red eyes amongst a disarray of fabulous colors on the turquoise pied. Also this pied will be split to fallow, cinnamon, and yellow. Now making this a rare and exotic turquoise pied Parrotlet. Parrotlet will be sharing more on these extraordinary birds on later dates. Thank you for joining us.

The Turquoise Parrotlet

The turquoise Parrotlet cannot be found in the wild. It was created in captivity by two geneticists about 20 years ago. They went into the chromosome and manipulated the color gene. The color of the Parrotlet that they manipulated was blue. The color gene that they manipulated was blue, but it was manipulated to fulfill at only 50% giving us turquoise. And after many years of selective breeding, they finally fixed the line to produce blue turquoise parrotlets. At one time they were the rarest parrotlet you can get in the US. Now they are of tremendous abundance. But without this bird true breeders would not have been able to create some of our most beautiful parrotlet mutations to date.

There are now a few different blue turquoise mutations. We have the original blue turquoise, also the turquoise green head which has a brilliant turquoise green head and face along with a blue-green chest and dark blue-green flight wings. And now also within the last almost 2 years we now have the dark factor/gray turquoise Parrotlet. This mutation is relatively new it has a dark chest and belly also the top of the head leaving the face a rich bright turquoise. This is one beautiful Parrotlet. At this point, the D turquoise is considered rare but as all new Parrotlet mutations within two years from now, this bird should be commonplace. No matter what type of turquoise Parrotlet you prefer they are all beautiful. They are great for breeding to keep your birds a bit larger and healthy and also to add color. They make great pets and are full of fun and great to look at. With some time and patience, they also can be taught to talk and do many tricks. The full turquoise Parrotlet is a great all around bird to have whether you are a hobby breeder, advanced breeder or just the pet lover they will surely full fill your needs.

The Pastel Parrotlet

Pastel parrotlets were created in Europe. European breeders were attempting to breed Dr. Rainer Ehrhardt’s American yellow and American white. This dates back to probably well over 35 years ago. Well, it turns out the American yellow did not breed out as planned. The wings were too dark and the American white came out with pretty much the same problem.

But the European breeders did not realize what they created. They created what we now call the pastel Parrotlet. Through many more years of test breeding, the pastel Parrotlet came into being a fixed line. Now decades later we have the refined pastel Parrotlet. They are now coming in many new colors. The wings have become what is known as lacewing which adds much beauty to the bird. Also scalloped wings not to mention all the different colors that they now come in. They have the basic colors which are yellow, green, blue etc. however, some do not come in lacewing or scallop wing. They are more of a flat wing. The name has also changed from pastel to marble.

We spoke with top breeder Billy XTREEM and he summed it up as so.

“We see a lot of changes through the years of certain parrotlet mutations. Such as Dr. Rainer Ehrhardt’s American white has been downgraded to a dilute blue also the white turquoise has been downgraded to dilute turquoise, and the pastel Parrotlet is now called the marble. If the original creators of these fine parrotlet mutations named them the American white, the pastel and the white turquoise then that’s what they are. I don’t know why people and organizations downgrade the original name given by these fine gifted breeders. The newest color pastel that breeders are now coming up with is the turquoise pastel. The turquoise pastel was a time-consuming new mutation. It is still new and now just coming available for sale. Also pied has been added to the pastel parrotlets, making them even more beautiful. The turquoise pastel is relatively new and not many breeders have them. But again as all new mutations arrive within two years they will be abundant.”

We have seen a turquoise pastel lacewing with some yellow plumage flowing through it, the top breeder said he still wants to take that beautiful turquoise yellow pastel into the XTREEM. Can’t wait to see it.
So stay tuned and thank you for joining us. We will continue to bring you the latest up to date news in the Parrotlet breeding community.

We would now like to thank you all for visiting parrotlet where we will always strive to share the best information possible about parrotlets. Also, we would like to thank Xtreem Parrotlets for the time and information and also the courtesy of their rare parrotlet pictures.