This is one bird we were
very happy to see!
The Cinnamon ( Dilute mutation ) Double Factor Pied has been a project in making for two years.
This bird was hatched on: 24-8-2008, closed rung PK 2122 Gold and is the first for us and Australia.
This particular Cinnamon DF Pied was bred by two Grey Green (Olive) Single Factor Pieds split for Dilute (Cinnamon)
that didn't sit on their eggs, therefore all eggs were fostered out to other birds.
Because of this we ended up with more eggs than would normally be the case, still it took quite some time to
breed the right bird.
The Dilute genetic part is as follows:
The Recessive gene.
It mainly means that you need the gene on both side of the sexes to breed a coloured bird.
The Recessive splits are not a visual split, so look normal but carry the gene!
Normal X Recessive split = 50% Normal 25% Splits 25% possible Splits.
Recessive Colour X Normal = 100% Recessive Splits .
Recessive split X Recessive split = 25% normal 50% Splits 25% Colour.
Recessive split X Recessive Colour = 50% Splits 50% Colour.
Recessive Colour X Recessive Colour = 100% Recessive Colour.
The Double Factor Dominant Pied gene:
Normal X single factor = 65% single factor pied and 35% Normal.
Normal X Double factor = 90% single factor pieds , 10% normals.
Strenght of the Single Factor colour will depends on the strenght of the
Double Factor colour used.
The stronger the colour, the more colour will be past on to the offspring.
Single factor X single factor = 65% single factor pied 25% double factor pied 10% normals.
Single factor X double factor = 50% single factor pied 50% double factor pied.
Double factor X double factor = 100% double factor pied.
This gene does show signs or colouration in Single factor form. As chicks, they get white down on the head and
neck area and good bloodlines go almost white in the single factor type.
Of course in the Double factor type all down feathers are pure white.
The toe nails from the single factor stay normal colour, the double factor has white
toe nails most of the time in Green line birds.
With Grey Green line they can still have some darker coloured toe
nails intermixed with white colouration.
The skin pigment on the legs and feet of the Single factor birds is a lot lighter and again sometimes very light to fleshy colour.
Above we have a " Grey Green Clearwing DF Pied"
and the new " Dilute Reverse DF Pied",
both young age 12 weeks.
The under wing colour on the Single factor
is intermixed with yellow and orange where the red would be.
The stronger the changes the stronger the colouration
of pied will be shown as the bird matures. Both SF & DF bird go through a big molt at around six months of age and it is
then when you will see big changes in colouration.
Double Factor birds will get a full red head colour if they didn't get
it as a chick and Single Factor birds get their red on the head in way of streaking or heavier.
The Single Factor (SF) Pied head colours in the form of red streaks or flecking or red colouration through the head area as the
bird below is a classic example of.
Again not till about 6 months of age before you will see the colours coming through in the first molt.
We are now breeding colours like the Mustard & Dilute Single Factor birds.
Photo of a Grey-Green Dilute SF Pied (Mustard SF ).
With Mustard and Dilute Single factor type it is a waiting game till the first moult as these birds hatch with
white down feathers from the Dilute gene.
We have to wait till the bird starts to display their
first colours in the pin feathers as they break open around four weeks of age.
The success rate of breeding the Dilute & Mustard Double Factor Pied has increased and we now see these colours
available in small numbers in 2014.
The Mustard DF Pied was bred that same year back in 2009, these colours are
exciting to work with and have been worth all the effort that went into creating these colours.
So far, the Dilute DF Pied has conformed exactly to how it should look and gives credence to the Genetic
experts calling this colour a Dilute colour, rather than a Cinnamon colour.
When we look at this colour we can see that the colour has been diluted from the normal colour being dark green.
It is nice to see that the only colour that has been diluted is the Green pigmentation and should make this a
part diluted form rather than a full diluted as the red and the yellow stayed as rich in colour as the normal form.
This outcome is like the Blue Fronted Rainbow being a "part Melanistic" as full Melanistic would have made the bird
black on all the green parts.
The Pied Gene is one of those colours that can be used in conjunction with most other colours to create new colours.
It will be very interesting to see what we can create from here on in keeping in mind that we are working with
all the colours in the Rainbow.
To my way of thinking, the Lorikeet world of colour mutations is only just starting
and has a very bright future ahead of it.
All in all, we will have some very exiting new colours when the Pied gene has been introduces to the other colours that are around.