Last Updated on November 27, 2022 by Ali Shahid
Approximately 30 budgerigar mutations affect budgerigar color. Ino is one of them. Having all white feathers and pink or red eyes, the albino budgie has a distinct appearance.
They also have pink feet. Budgies with this coloration have a rare gene called the “Ino” gene, resulting in the absence of all dark pigment in their plumage and skin.
A lack of melanin is also responsible for albinos having red eyes instead of black eyes like most budgies. Continue reading to find complete information about budgies albino.
Albinos have red eyes no matter how old they are, with white iris when they are adults. They also have orange beaks and pink feet and legs. Ino cocks have greyish-purple ceres instead of blue ceres. The Ino mutation also affects nestlings.
There is only a small amount of white down on the back, never covering the center. In order of appearance, feathers along the spine and the centerline of the ventral wing appear last. Virtually all other mutations are masked by the Ino gene, including Opaline, Dark, Dominant Grey, Dilute, and Clearwing.
The presence of either homozygous or heterozygous forms of these genes does not affect the appearance of an Ino.
It does not, however, completely conceal Cinnamon. It is difficult to distinguish between Cinnamon Dilute German Fallows, NSL Inos, and Inos when they are so similar, but given their rarity, the first two are not a common pet.
How to Recognize Male and Female Albino?
Albino parakeets don’t possess any pigmentation that distinguishes their colors from other birds. The color of the ‘cere’ often indicates albino status, and normally it is pinkish or purple.
The cere of an albino male sometimes turns brown or white. In addition, male budgies are generally louder than their female counterparts, so by observing their temperament you may be able to identify their gender.
Any local vet can answer your question, or run a DNA test if necessary.
Budgie Albino Breeding
When they have a close bond with their cage companion, albino Budgies can breed just as well as any other pair of parakeets. Normally, they lay 4-6 eggs and produce white chicks with pink eyes that are smaller than average.
Albino Budgies Price
Albino parakeets are rare, so they can cost much more than other color varieties, and some breeders may charge as much as $200-300 for them. However, an all-white parakeet can be found at the pet store for less than $25.
Albino parakeets can differ in true value depending on their age and whether they are bred from pure-bred albino stock or common ‘white’ birds passed off as albinos.
Albino Budgie Health Problems
Parakeets or budgies with albino feathers are no less healthy than those with more colorful ones. Several problems can affect a budgie’s health including lameness, frayed feathers, allergies, kidney disease, and reproductive tumors.
Despite reports that albino parrots may have vision problems, including hypersensitivity to bright light. If available, an albino budgie’s diet should be well balanced and it would be enough if the bird isn’t inbred or showing signs of disease.
An albino budgie has a similar diet to other budgie breeds. Despite their love for seeds, seed diets cannot satisfy budgies’ dietary needs. A variety of fruits and vegetables will satisfy both the nutritional requirements of the birds as well as provide a source of variety.
The lifespan of Budgie Albino
As with most parakeets, the Albino variety typically lives for seven to ten years. If you provide them with a good diet, adequate exercise, and regular veterinarian visits, you can increase the chances of them living longer.
How hard is it to take care of these Budgies?
The good news is that taking care of your albino budgie is the same as caring for others. Their skin and eyes do not show any signs of the disease. Even some of these birds have perfect plumage and are normal size.
Care for Albino Budgies
The right environment, feeding, and stimulation are all important components of good care.
It is always best not to keep budgies in a place that has a draft, high humidity, high temperature, or too much noise. Don’t line the cage with the newspaper at the bottom.
Budgies love tearing things apart. A piece of wet paper can be lethal if it is swallowed. Ensure that the cage stays out of direct sunlight and away from predators such as cats and birds of prey.
- Food and Water
Supplements should be provided. In addition to raw items and iodine-enriched chewy nibbles, there are seemingly endless options available here. Budgies should not be fed a diet consisting solely of seeds.
Such a diet will shorten the lifespan of your pet. Fresh vegetables, fruits, and greens are also important. Don’t give budgies any food containing plant matter unless you have researched the food. Bottled water is best.
Chemicals used to treat tap water might harm budgies over the long term.
Whenever you handle or clean the cage, try not to cause stress or fear.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the majority of albino budgies female?
It is more common for albinos to be female due to their genetics. You can generally tell by their behavior whether they are male or female since males are generally friendlier and more vocal.
Are the albino budgies blind?
Albinism in birds and mammals is often associated with vision problems, so it is a misconception that albino parakeets are completely blind. There may be slight differences in the eyesight and focus of albino budgies, as well as occasional sensitivity to light in them.
The Budgie Albino is the rarest of the budgie breeds and the result of an ino mutation. The birds of this breed stand out from others of their species. The diet and breeding are the same as in normal budgies. However, they are more expensive.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.