Lacewing Budgies [Appearance, Breeding, Genetics] +Photos

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What is a lacewing budgie? Lacewing budgie refers to a budgie that has both the cinnamon and ino genes at the same time.

There is no mutation called “lacewing mutation” that is passed on to future generations. Besides, the Lacewing variety is a mix of two mutations, cinnamon, and ino.

For example, a lacewing budgie can also be a lutino budgie with cinnamon or an albino with cinnamon mutation.

Lacewing Budgies [Appearance, Breeding, Genetics] +Photos
A white lacewing budgie photo (An albino budgie with cinnamon mutation) (Source: reddit.com)

Lacewing Budgie Appearance & Identification

A lacewing budgie has brown markings that come from cinnamon mutation. Besides, they have white or yellow base colors that come from the ino gene.

Adult lacewing budgies have pink legs and feet, and red or ruby-red eyes without iris rings.

Body colorYellow or white
Head and throat spotsYellow or white head. Cinnamon brown, light brown troat spots
Wing markingsPale cinnamon brown, light brown with a minimal yellow or white edge
Cheek patchesPale violet
Tail feathersPale cinnamon brown, light brown with a cinnamon brown quill
Feet and legs colorFleshy pink, pink
EyesRed or ruby-red color with white iris ring
CerePink, and purple variations in males. Light blue, white variations in females. Besides, females have tan-colored ceres with a crusty surface in breeding conditions.
Lacewing budgies appearance and identification table

Lacewing Budgie Mutation & Genetics

A lacewing budgie has two gene mutations, such as ino and cinnamon. Both ino and cinnamon mutations are sex-linked and are passed on to future generations via the X chromosome.

A female budgie has one X chromosome, while a male budgie has two X chromosomes.

A female budgie needs one cinnamon gene and one ino gene to visually become a lacewing budgie. Besides, a male budgie requires two cinnamon genes and two ino genes to visually become a lacewing budgie.

What does the ino gene do on a lacewing budgie? An ino gene removes all marking and pigmentation all over the body. The budgie becomes pure white or yellow, depending on its base color. Besides, the ino gene turns the black color to red color in the eyes by removing black pigmentation.

However, there are exceptions that the ino gene doesn’t suppress all markings and pigmentations. For example, the cinnamon gene is one of the exceptions.

What does the cinnamon gene do on a lacewing budgie? A cinnamon gene turns the black color of the markings, and spots to brown by diluting the black melanin.

Lacewing Budgie Breeding

To breed a lacewing budgie chick, both parents need to have ino and cinnamon genes.

Females must be visually a lacewing budgie. But, males don’t have to be visually lacewing. It is enough male budgies to be split for cinnamon or ino genes.

Lacewing Budgie Breeding Expectations

The lacewing budgie breeding expectation table is as follows:

Lacewing male x lacewing female100% visually lacewing males
100% visually lacewing females
Lacewing male x normal female100% normal males
100% visually lacewing females
100% of the males split for lacewing
Normal male x lacewing female100% normal males
100% normal females
100% of the males split for lacewing
Lacewing male x ino female100% visually ino males
100% visually lacewing females
100% of the males split for Lacewing
Ino male x lacewing female100% visually ino males
100% visually ino females
100% of the males split for ino
Lacewing male x cinnamon female100% visually cinnamon males
100% visually lacewing females
100% of the males split for lacewing
Cinnamon males x lacewing females100% visually cinnamon males
100% visually cinnamon females
100% of the males split for lacewing
Normal male split for lacewing x normal female100% normal males
50% visually lacewing females
50% visually normal females
50% of the males split for lacewing
Ino male split for lacewing x cinnamon females50% normal males
50% visually cinnamon males
50% visually ino females
50% visually lacewing females
50% of the males split for lacewing
The lacewing budgie breeding expectation table

Lacewing Budgie Varieties

A lacewing budgie can be either yellow-based or white-based with brown markings.

The quality of mutations is important, as it is considered a combination of specific mutations.

Lutino/yellow (yellow-based) Lacewing Budgies

A yellow lacewing budgie can be thought of as a lutino budgie with cinnamon mutations. Besides, a yellow lacewing budgie is a green series budgie.

Lacewing Budgies [Appearance, Breeding, Genetics] +Photos
Lutino/yellow (yellow-based) lacewing budgie photo (Source: talkbudgies.com)

Albino/white (white-based) Lacewing Budgies

Lacewing Budgies [Appearance, Breeding, Genetics] +Photos
Albino/white (white-based) lacewing budgie photo

Lacewing English and Exhibition Budgies

Lacewing variety is popular among the English and exhibition budgies also.

Lacewing Budgies [Appearance, Breeding, Genetics] +Photos
A white-based albino English/exhibition lacewing budgie photo (Source: world-budgerigar.org)
Lacewing Budgies [Appearance, Breeding, Genetics] +Photos
A yellow-based lutino English/exhibition lacewing budgie photo (Source: world-budgerigar.org)

Blue, Grey, Violet Lacewing Budgies

The ino gene suppresses all pigmentation in lacewing budgies. Therefore, we don’t see any body color such as blue, gray, or violet in lacewing budgies.

But, in rare cases, the ino gene can be weak and low quality. As a result of that, we may see a pale body color that is barely visible.

Lacewing Budgie Price

Lacewing budgie prices are between $100 and $150 all over the world.

Are Lacewing Budgies Rare?

Lacewing budgies are easily considered rare. To be a lacewing budgie, it is necessary to have both the ino and cinnamon genes. Ino and cinnamon genes are also sex-linked. As a result, the lacewing budgie variety becomes rarer than other mutations.