A pied mutation has been produced in several aviaries recently, but it is not well established in aviculture at the present time. The pied color is inherited as a simple recessive trait. While most characteristics remain the same as the normal green, these birds have green feathers mixed with some yellow.
Several albinos have reportedly been bred in Cuban aviaries, and cinnamons have been produced here in the United States. The cinnamon is a pale, diluted green, with cinnamon on the flight feathers and tail. The inheritance of color is sex linked. Some of these are currently available through breeders at a fairly reasonable price.
In theory, all of the colors that are found with budgies–violet, cobalt blue, gray–are possible to produce in Quakers. Mutations are quite beautiful, and the exciting possibility of an entirely new future mutation is an inspiration to many devoted Quaker breeders, presenting a promising future for these lovable little birds.
In the past, Quakers were brought into this country in large numbers, and most were sold as breeders. But recent laws restricting their importation have resulted in the majority of those available for purchase today being domestically bred and closed banded. Quakers are very prolific, and will breed even in the most unsuitable of conditions.
They thrive even in the coldest of climates, and because of these characteristics they still present one of the best bargains when shopping for an avian pet. Depending on the time of the year and local availability, a young, hand-fed bird can usually be found in the $100-$200 price range, sometimes even cheaper. (Prices will vary somewhat depending on your location.) Mutations mentioned previously are of course much more expensive and not generally available without a great deal of searching.