A normal Pacific Parrotlet is green. The males have blue on their wings, backs and streaking back from their eyes. The male color mutation parrotlets also have these blue markings.|
The color mutations that we breed are: blue, American yellow, American white, blue fallow, grey green and grey.
Female -American Yellow Mutation Pacific Parrotlet
Male -American Yellow Mutation Pacific Parrotlet
|A short lesson in the genetics of mutations:|
Split means that the parrotlet is visually green, but it has the gene of a color mutation. So "split to blue" looks green but has a green gene and a blue gene. When bred with a blue parrotlet (having 2 blue genes), half of the offspring will be blue (a blue gene from the split to blue parent and a blue gene from the blue parent), the other half will be visually green, split to blue (a green gene from the split to blue parent and a blue gene from the blue parent). Thus the color mutations are recessive, requiring both genes to be that color for the bird to have that color visually.
Split to blue parent||Blue parent|
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Female -Normal Green Pacific Parrotlet
|The above lesson can also be applied to the American yellow and other color mutations.|
Male -Normal Green Pacific Parrotlet
|When a blue parrotlet breeds with a yellow parrotlet, the offspring are called double split. They appear green in color, but have two color mutation genes, a blue and a yellow.|
|Blue parent||Yellow parent|
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Male -Blue Mutation Pacific Parrotlet
When two double split (blue and yellow) parrotlets breed, their offspring can have any color: green, blue, yellow and sometimes white.
Female -Blue Mutation Pacific Parrotlet
|The percentage of different color mutation offspring|
from a double split pairThe percent and first letter are the visual color of the bird. The following letters are the splits (other gene colors the bird has).
There are four different gene combinations of green parrotlets, two for visually blue parrotlets and two for visually yellow parrotlets. These differences can't be determined without breeding the parrotlet to test it.
Female - American White Mutation Pacific Parrotlet
Male - American White Mutation Pacific Parrotlet
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