Ringneck / Long-tailed Parakeets … Ringneck Photo Gallery
The “Green” plumage is the original color of this bird species; although some mutations have occurred in the wild.
Most colors, however, have been produced in captivity, and breeders are eager to produce the rarer color or even new mutations, for which buyers are willing to pay more.
Sex linked colors
Sex-linked colors are Lutino, Cinnamon, and Albino. Only the male carries two color genes. The female only carries one.
If you breed a Lutino male to a female of different colors, all the female chicks will Lutinos.
If both parents are Lutino, all the young (male or female) will be Lutinos.
Recessive / Dominant Colors:
Dominant genes are those that only ONE parent needs to carry for the young to visibly show this color. Dominant colors are Green and Grey (Grey can occur in single factor and double factor forms).
Recessive genes require BOTH parents to carry the mutation gene in order for this color to show up in the young. Recessive plumage colors are Blues and Pieds.
Violet (Incomplete Autosomal Dominant Inherited Gene)
- Violet Blue (violet in the Blue series) – normal Violet coloration; mostly commonly associated with the Violet mutation
- Violet Green (violet in the Green series) – the plumage is greenish-violet
- *Double Factor Violet Mauve – plumage looks grey
- Double Factor Violet Blue Cobalt – dark violet plumage
*Double Factor : Both parents carry identical genes resulting in offspring that is genetically double-factor.
Most Ringnecks in captivity are split to a mutation and even though they may not show a color, may be able to produce mutation-colored young.
Mandy and Paul – Breeder of Ringneck Parrots and Other Exotic Birds -Singing Wings Aviary – www.singing-wings-aviary.com
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