Many people are unaware of the numerous colours in which parrots can be found. Other than green, which is the colour of Quaker Parakeets in the wild, all mutations are created by humans who have an understanding of genetics and breed birds selectively to achieve a certain colour trait in chicks produced. As this is a time-consuming process (sometimes taking a few years, or even a few decades, depending on the complexity of the genetics), birds exhibiting these rarer colours are few-and-far-between. Thus, they are exchanged between breeders long before they reach the consumer market and are available to pet owners.
I was recently very fortunate to acquire two baby Quakers; one cobalt and the other a very rare dark-eyed white mutation. The cobalt’s back and wings are a very dark grey-blue, while the chest and face are a soft grey. The dark-eyed white is just as it sounds: a pure white bird with striking black eyes. As far as I know, I am one of only a handful of breeders in Canada to have these mutations, and I am so excited to produce them in the future.
At this time, both of these beauties are still babies and need a couple of years to mature before being bred. Most certainly, breeding parrots requires patience, even when it’s hard to wait!