One of the most exciting aspects of keeping and breeding Love Birds is the large variety of color mutations that have been established. At least 17 distinct mutations have been established in the Peachfaced Love Bird, probably more than in any other species of captive parrot except the budgerigar. Click below for more information about the currently established Love Bird mutations. Also visit the New ALBS Picture Library!.

Essential Genetics for the Terrified by Chris Rutt gives beginners the basics of how color mutations are inherited.

Wondering what a given pair of birds could produce? Check out The Peachfaced Love Bird Genetics Calculator!

For our more advanced breeders, you can try out Rasek's Genetics Calculator for more mutations and combinations.

Peachfaced Mutations
Recessives

Blue, Whitefaced Blue, and Seagreen.
Orange-faced
Fallow
American Yellow (Dilute) and Japanese Yellow (Imperial Golden Cherry)
Australian Recessive Pied (dark-eyed clear)
Sex-Linked Characteristics
Lutino, American Cinnamon, & Australian Cinnamon
Lacewing
Opaline
Partial Dominants
Dark Factor
Violet
Dominants
American Pied
Green
Other
Longfeather

Color Changes Which are not Genetically inherited
Red Suffusion


Mutations in the Masked, Fischer's, Black-Cheeked, and Nyasa
Specific mutations:
Blue
Lutino
Yellow (Dilute)
Dark Factor
Violet
Fallow
Pied

Mutations in other Love Bird Species:
The Abyssinian Love Bird
The Madagascar Love Bird

 
homemadagascar lovebird

green fischer's lovebird
Photo credits: whitemasked Love Bird by Phyllis Szurko