Color Genetics
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The Turquoise factor is an allele of the Blue locus. Simply put, Turquoise is a member of
the Blue mutation family right along with
Blue, Aqua, and Emerald. As such, it also
inherits autosomal recessive to the wild-type but acts co-dominant with other alleles of
the Blue locus.

As one of the parBlue (partial Blue) mutations, psittacofulvins (yellow pigment family)
are only partially removed. When combined with the Blue mutation, the resulting
offspring will have a remarkable combination of Green, Blue and Turquoise feather
coloration with approximately 75% reduction of psittacofulvins. In a homozygous bird (a
specimen with two Turquoise genes), there is approximately 50% reduction of
psittacofulvins.
The Turquoise Mutation

A typical Turquoise Indian Ringneck will have dark
eyes, dark flight feathers, red beak, grey feet, and
dark toenails to go with the striking blend of Blue,
Green and Turquoise feathers.

The Turquoise gene is probably the most versatile of
all common mutations as it can mix well with any other
mutation that I can think of.  This can be attributed to
the fact that this mutation involves all three
color-producing factors - namely melanin pigment,
psittacofulvin pigment, and feather medulla structure.

Combining it with Ino will produce the eye-catching
secondary mutation we call Creamino. The
TurquoiseBlue Pallid, nicknamed the Rainbow IRN, is
another stunning offshoot from this adaptable
mutation.

The TurquoiseGrey Cleartail and the TurquoiseBlue
Pallidino birds on the site's
main page are further
testaments to this mutation's dazzling beauty and
variance.
"Clark"
compliments of Rick Tozer