The Lutino Cockatiel is an incredibly attractive bird. The bird is yellow and white with brilliant orange cheek patches and crimson eyes. The lutino gene is a sex-linked recessive gene that affects both men and women. It hinders the formation of the black/gray colors found in a typical Grey Cockatiel’s’melanin’ pigment. The Lutino Cockatiel can easily be crossed with the pearl, pied, cinnamon, and whiteface mutations to create a rainbow of colors.
The Lutino’s only flaw is that a bald patch can develop on the head right behind the crest. This was notably noticeable when these birds were first bred. This feature is now largely dimiLnished as a result of good selective breeding procedures, and many specimens now have complete feather coverage on the head.
The Lutino Cockatiel was the second cockatiel mutation to be discovered, with the Pied Cockatiel being the first. The Lutino Cockatiel, unlike the Pied, took the aviculture world by storm. Because it resembled a little white Cockatoo with a pale yellow breast and practically white body, tail, and wings, it was an instant hit. Both sexes have brilliant orange cheek patches and crimson eyes, while the head and crown are primrose yellow. This was similar to the myth of the ugly duckling who transformed into a lovely swan.
Lutino Cockatiel Temperament
Lutino cockatiels are generally calm and easy to care for. They enjoy company, attention, and a variety of toys. Both humans and other birds will find your Lutino to be a very social creature.
When left alone for lengthy periods of time, lutinos, like most birds, can become sad. They thrive in environments where they can interact with other animals. Loneliness can lead to a variety of health and behavioral issues. When you acquire one of these friendly parrots, proper socialization is essential.
Males are slightly more aggressive than females, but they’re usually quite agreeable (blame it on the hormones). You should be able to devote a lot of time to your cockatiel, including affection, training, and playing.
Because of their exceptional intelligence, these parrots must be mentally stimulated on a regular basis. On the internet, you may find a variety of entertaining DIY projects and bird toys for your latino cockatiel. They also enjoy puzzles that stimulate their small minds.
They enjoy being outside, as you might expect. Of course, it’s not a good idea to leave your cockatiel outside in the elements, but they’ll enjoy a nice window seat or a walk to the porch to vocalize with other birds.
Caring For a Lutino Cockatiel
Temperatures should be kept between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for cockatiels. Drafts and rapid temperature changes should be avoided in their cage. For a single cockatiel, the minimum cage size is 25x32x35 inches, with 5/8 to 3/4 inch bar spacing. You’ll want a cage with a large exit door so your bird may spread its wings when it leaves the cage. Choose the largest cage you can afford.
A variety of toys is recommended, and if the bird is kept alone, a mirror may help the bird feel safer. Whiteface lutino cockatiel are prone to ‘night frights.’ This difficulty can be alleviated by placing a modest night light near your bird’s cage. Cockatiels tend to forage on the ground, so giving your bird access to the cage floor is a good idea, since your bird might prefer it to its perches at times.
A commercial lutino cockatiels seed to pellet diet supplemented with green vegetables and fruits should be provided to your bird. Check out our complete list of the top cockatiel foods. A cuttlebone and a vitamin block will aid in the health of your bird. Calcium supplements are recommended for females who are prone to increased egg-laying. Lutino whiteface cockatiel adore baths and should be given the chance to do so on a regular basis.
Cockatiels molt for the first time about 6 months of age, and then every 2 to 3 years for the rest of their lives. Cockatiels’ nails grow quickly, so you may need to become competent at clipping them, even if a rough perch helps.
Whiteface lutino cockatiel can be bred, and the optimal time to do it is between spring and early fall. Every 48 hours or so, the hen will lay 2-8 little white eggs. If you want to breed your birds, you’ll need to have a nest box. To avoid harm during mating, trim your bird’s nails.