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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 7:41 pm    Post subject: Red fronted Kakariki mutations available in Australia

The following mutations are available in Australia. As Peter has already covered the descriptions (link here) I have only added brief notes where required.

1) Cinnamon.
2) Cinnnamon pied. (Combination of recessive pied and cinnamon)
3) Recessive pied.

The 3 mutations mentioned above are in good numbers and commonly available.

4) Cinnamon Mottled Pied (Cinnamon Yellow). This mutation has been in Australian aviaries for around 10 years but no-one could explain how a normal bird would gradually turn to a complete yellow colour over time. We have been producing this mutation for the last 6 years and found that it is a mutation in it's own right. It is a recessive mutation and we strongly recommend pairing a split bird to a coloured bird.

5) Black eyed clear yellow - This mutation is relatively new in Australia and held in low numbers by a few breeders at this time. The exact genetic makeup of this mutation is still a mystery as test matings have revealed it acts differently to the Gold checked yellow from overseas. Very few birds are offered on the open market and still hold a value of around $5,000.00 per bird.

6) Dominant pied - This mutation has a large question mark over whether it is in Australia or not at this time. Several breeders claim their pieds are dominant but if that were true we would have been able to produce the gold checked mutation similar to what the Europeans have. It may take a little more time to establish it's existence here in Australia. So buyer beware if you are told the pair of pieds being offered for sale are dominants dont be surprised if they are in fact recessive.

Reverse pied - We have bred our first reverse pied (yellow bird with green markings) recently. This result was not calculated and has now raised questions as to the genetic inheritance of the black eyed clear and dominant pieds here in Australia. There is still a lot of work to do before exact predictions can be tabled.

There are two more mutations that have been mentioned on this site elsewhere. Both the Red Suffused and Par Blue mutations are many years away from being available.

I would suggest that the first 3 mutations mentioned are the best stepping stone for the novice breeder here in Australia. These can be combined without any problems and the resultant offspring will be valuable additions when you want to expand. (link here) I have only added brief notes where required
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 6:02 pm    Post subject: Consulting

Hi friend, My name is Ricardo Trujillo, and I have a doub, well, I have some kakarikis, and I have 3 babys like a smodge but with teh red eyes...I dont now waht kind of mutation i have.??
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:04 am    Post subject: mutations

ive just bought a pure red crowned kakariki here in oz at least i hope it is now im hearing about all the pied,lutino,cinamon varieties, we had 3 species in nz i understand & some offshore island species,dont think this mixing/mutation thing is good Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:09 am    Post subject:

mixing/hybridisation is wrong, it's evil, it's a shame

Mutations, I think are a natural thing, I mean... they happen in wild birds whatever the species (as far as I know they seem to be 'relatively common' on indian ringnecks and budgerigars), so as far as they are bred with good standards and practices... I think they are not harmful.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:36 am    Post subject: Strongly Agree

Well, it always Natural are Natural! the question is: Mutations are really necessary? I think you have to evaluate two points of view:
1 .- From the vision of the species, a mutation may be an aberration, since it is more than certain that if a mutated lutino parakeet lived in the wild never get decensdencia, why could not camouflage.
2 .- from the standpoint of the breeder, we know that the beauty of lutino other than by an unmutated or wild bird, and from this perspective is that we as breeders, always looking for those mutations that extend beyond the natural way, no only a cosmetic issue but a matter of evolution of the hobby.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject:

Im going to clear up this hybrid and mutation confusion
Hybrid that is cross breeding 2 spcies like the yellow crown and red crown ..big no no and a big issue ....

Mutations...these are natural variations within the species, which breeders 'build on to 'create' new looking birds...
BUT like gold fish...If you have red goldfish in a pond ..which are a mutation built up over many centuries...let them breed, they will also produce wild brown carp/'gold fish' If let alone eventually as the red gold fish die of old age the population returns back to brown with the occassional red spoted 'poping up'

Now we takekakariki... going on note of earlt settlers and scientist observing the native birds, they where astoned by the intensity of AND the number of types of mutations AND the % of the flock that had them.

This curiosty then lead to huge numbers of these gene pools captured and exported to Europe , America, Aussie etc in the 1800s....
At the same time the huge flocks of kakarki where devitating the early settlers crops, and had to do something or they would starve. So out wth the shot guns...blast a flock with wide spread shot...the flock would rise up, and land again in range, let go of the 2nd barrel.
Also around this time stoats, ferrets, rats possum where introduced, had a feild day, reduced wild stocks dramatically so that by the 1920s only a few isolated small flocks existed along side the vermin and formed a 'balance of nature' that prevented enough pairs to repoduce enough to recover.

Hence the mutation gene in NZ is now virtually unknown
I know of 1 very old pure yellow in a small Zoo, seen a couple tiny yellow spots on a couple and a cuple with a white toe....all in captivity, all red crown.. the yellow is too old and will not breed , the others for some reason will not breed..or even pair up.....and the parents of those 3 have never thrown another mutation over several yrs.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:33 pm    Post subject:

Hi Steptoe
One of my males has about half his foot white on one leg and about 4-5 yellow feathers. Very interesting
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:59 pm    Post subject:

Yes we have had that to...Appartently its a pied mutation gene and in the male only

All ours where thrown by the same pair over several yrs.
Ideally one breeds back to the parents....but none have paired up with them or anyother attempts over the yrs...
we have to keep them in a separate flight...they are ok together , but put one in a flight with others and its a full on rogue bird...serious attack.
Put few in their flight the same
Last yr and this yr I have given up trying to breed of them

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:31 am    Post subject: New Kaka

Hi every one, well i have news on one of the nest boxes i can see one chick of kaka green, but the rare is the color red on his fronted, this kaka have a very yellow color than red color.
note, the parent does not are the hybryd. they are four genration of kaka on my birdroom.
soon i send pictures.
i put now other pictures...see i hope comments.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject:

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THIS PAIR ARE PARENTS OF THE NEW AND RARE KAKA WITH THE YELLOW CROW..


have you got a better pic of these....
How do you get a yellow crown from a red crown parent???
Yellow crown have a pale pure yellow crown.

A note, the kakariki in the site banner at the top of the page ...is a hybrid, a bird given to me yrs ago.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:20 am    Post subject:

hi!

Ricardo, can you pls take a close up pic of the bird in the circle?
Is it the bird you mean has a yellow front?

It has faded cheekpatches (they are not well marked in red) so I think it could be a bird with hybrid blood. When breeding birds that have hybrids as ancestors, even if it was several generations back, sometimes you have a random chick that has more hybrid attributes.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject:

Hi,
the answer is to easy, i don't know how!
I think maybe is the some tipe of mutation.
Well now how, I can test this : only way is to bred this new kaka with the hen green kaka.
And the other way, maybe is the hybrid bird.
Pablo from Spain telling to me the hybrid factor can be stay into the genes and is be really 3 or 4 generation after.
well finally I hope to have a New mutation.
why not?

Only the time give me if I do rigth or not.
Tomorrow I send pictures of this baby.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:04 pm    Post subject:

Hi Ricardo,

as we discussed via e-mail a mutation is not impossible. We have the example of the yellowcheek cockatiels.
And then also it might be that we have yellow patches of the pied mutation around the edges of the crown (see pic).

If possible take a few close-up pics of the crown, cheekpatches and iris, without flash.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:27 pm    Post subject:

The red crown will always have the res spot behind the ears and a pure red crown with not a single yellow or yellowish feather in either

The yellow crown will always have a pale yellow to slightly deeper yellow crown.. no orange tinge or a single red redish feather
This is some discussion on the patch behind the ear...this may vary from a pale yellow, to none....It is not know if this is a loacality variation in the wild or having a patch even thu yellow is a sign of hybridisation.
Many of our native birds..the fan tail in partiular vary from deep colours in the Nth of NZ to dull brown in the sth..they are the same species...and not strickly mutations.

I doubt very much that anything outside these parameters is a new mutation...enough I would lay money on it, and Im not a betting man.

Althu throw backs are possible, from experiance extremely unlikly after one has back breed, and crossed with purebread to the extent one reaches over around 95% pure blood....or put in practical terms
Once on has a pair of pure crowns, 2nd generation ..one may get the old birds that has a wrong colour feather on VERY close inspection...
Breed from these 'purer breed' and the chances ever getting a feather or a throw back is non existant.

I am definate..a red crown has no yellow and has the read ear patch
The yellow has no red and maybe or maynot have a faint yellow ear patch

There are no tinges or orange
The yellow may vary from a pale yellow to a slightly less pale.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:02 am    Post subject: Blue one

Spontaneous mutation! The typical red-fronted Parakeet now has blue feathers!


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