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The Platinum Cockatiel
The name Platinum was selected to describe a bird of extreme dilution. This mutation has a wonderful silvery, Smokey Grey colour to it. Some people prefer the more darker Platinum, and others prefer the more lighter variety. As this mutation is Sex linked, only cocks can be split to this colour. Hens must always be visibly Platinum regardless of any other pattern that may be combined with the colour.
This mutation would have to be the most misrepresented variety that we breed in Australia today. We are unaware of this colour overseas, although that could change at any time.
The young chick can be identified in the nest by the colour of its eyes. The best way of describing them is "dark plum", although in some cases their eyes can look like a Latinos' or even look like a Cinnamons'. By about one week of age the youngsters eyes seem to darken somewhat.
Many birds of this mutation require a visible eye ring when mature, giving the appearance of a two toned grey eye. Not all birds achieve this unusual look. The platinum colour should be smooth all over the birds body and not appear patchy.
The pin feathers of the youngsters are a very light smokey grey colour. Feet, toenails and legs are a pale beige tone.