I'm sorry but you can get lutino budgies - they're actually quite common here. Lutino is a general term that is not species specific and can apply to any parrot species - just as albino is an absence of melanin pigmentation, lutino is absence of the substance that makes feathers appear blue or green (which is not actually a pigment, but is caused by light refraction).
Most common parrot species where you find lutinos are budgies, cockatiels, Fischer lovebirds, indian ringnecks, and Quakers, but they also occur sometimes in Senegals, red rumped parrots, and many of the australasian parakeets.
You can tell the difference between a breeding hen's scaly cere and scaly face by looking for small holes in the skin on and around the cere - that's where the mites burrow into the skin
Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
Would the albinos have a slight pale blue if a male or are they totally pink and never change? How would you be able to tell M/F is they stay pink?
There's just a complete lack of pigment, so they stay the same pink colour as the bird's skin. The only way you can tell for sure is if they lay an egg (obviously female
) or by DNA test, although you may be able to tell by their voice if you have a trained ear, male and female budgies are both noisy but males will spend more time repeating their bird song (known as a warble) and females will spend more time chirruping.