Mutations in Indian Ringnecked Parrots

Indian Ringnecks are one of the easiest birds to keep and/or breed and this explains their popularity around the world. When buying any new mutations, however, you must be extra vigilant and do your research—not only about the bird you are buying but also the person you are buying the bird from. Having a breeding plan for the bird and knowing why you are buying that mutation and what you hope to achieve with it will only serve to enhance your prospects for success.

There are exciting times ahead for Indian Ringneck breeders in Australia. Some of the mutations being bred today include Cleartail (Whitehead Whitetail), Indigo (Pastel Aqua, Azure, and Sapphire), Emerald (Aqua), Dominant Pied (Harlequin), Possible Mottle (Progressive Pied), Opaline and Saddleback.

If you are interested in breeding mutations in this species educate yourself on the basics of genetics and keep accurate breeding records, i.e. parentage, offspring, clutch sizes. Highly recommended references are A Guide to Asiatic Parrots and their Mutations which includes a number of mutation breeding expectations and A Guide to Colour Mutations and Genetics in Parrots which will equip you with all you need to know about basic genetics. This book outlines primary and combination mutations, numerous breeding expectations and an explanation of genetic terminology, a key to naming mutations and an index of primary mutations available in all parrot species.

To read more in this article refer to the referenced source.

Australian BirdKeeper Magazine Vol. 16, Iss. 8 The Indian Ringnecked Parrot—A Jewel in Aviculture by Jeszaen Lee and Vol. 23, Iss. 5 New Indian Ringneck Mutations in Australia by Chris Wipps. © ABK Publications 2011.

For a list of back issues of Australian Birdkeeper Magazine featuring Indian Ringnecked Parrots or Asiatic Parrots and other Australian Parrots and for books/DVDs see

 A Guide to Asiatic Parrots and their Mutations Published by ABK Publications
 A Guide to Colour Mutations and Genetics in Parrots Published by ABK Publications
 A Guide to Basic Health and Disease in Birds (Revised Edition) Published by ABK Publications
 The Indian Ringneck Breeder’s Handbook by Phil Robson
 Asiatic Parrots and their Mutations by T&GJJ Bastiaan
The Asiatic Parrot Breeder’s Handbook by Phil Robson

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