For many Cockatiel enthusiasts around Australia, one of the mutations
which holds the greatest fascination is the Whiteface. The hen is a
striking grey colour all over with only the slightest wash of white
around the face. She also has white tail barring and also white wing
bars. The cock on the other hand (as pictured here) is a stunning looking bird with a grey
body and sporting a pure white face and neck. He also has black tail
feathers and a crest tipped with white. The darker the grey, the more
stunning the bird looks.
The Whiteface mutation is an autosomal recessive mutation. That means
to produce a Whiteface baby, both parents must carry the Whiteface
gene. Whiteface birds have the inability to produce tones of yellow and
orange. This makes identification of all Whiteface babies in the nest
easy as all Whiteface chicks have white down when hatched as opposed to
the normal yellow down that all other mutations produce.
The cere, feet and toe-nails are also charcoal coloured and their
eyes are dark brown. If they were Whiteface Cinnamons they would have
plum eyes and if they were Whiteface Lutinos (Albinos) they would have
The Whiteface cockatiel can be combined with most other colour
mutations as well as feather patterns. This allows us to produce such
wonderful birds as the Whiteface Cinnamon Pearl Pied and the Whiteface
Pastel Silver Pearl etc.