Various mutations cause the red tones of the budgies’ eyes.
Due to the ino mutation and the fallow mutation, the pigments that provide the dark colors in the budgie’s eyes are lost.
For this reason, the blood, and blood flow that already exists just behind the pigmentation begins to be seen from the outside.
What Are the Budgies That Have Naturally Red Eyes?
Mutations are changes in gene structure that occur naturally. Therefore, gene mutations that occur in budgies are also natural.
Budgies that have mutations such as ino and fallow that remove the dark pigmentation in the budgies’ eyes naturally have red eyes.
Albino budgies and lutino budgies with the ino gene mutation usually do not have any dark or black color pigmentation. This situation continues in their eyes as well. Albino and lutino budgies do not have any black or dark pigmentation in their eyes.
On the other hand, the fallow budgie does not remove 100% of the color pigments from the budgies’ eyes. This ensures that the eye colors of fallow budgies are close to red, such as ruby red and plum red.
In some sources, it is stated that cinnamon budgie chicks have red eyes when they hatch from the egg and this color turns black as they grow up.
Why Does My White Budgie Have Red Eyes?
White budgies usually have red eyes because they carry an ino gene mutation. Besides, these budgies are most likely albino budgies.
Budgies with white colors and carrying the fallow gene may also have red eyes. However, they are not completely white like albino budgies.
Why Does My Yellow Budgie Have Red Eyes?
Lutino budgies are green series budgies usually have red eyes because they carry an ino gene mutation. Besides, these budgies are most likely lutino budgies.
Budgies with yellow colors and carrying the fallow gene may also have red eyes. However, they are not completely yellow like lutino budgies.
Do Baby Budgies Have Red Eyes?
Albino, lutino, and fallow budgies that carry the ino and fallow gene have congenital red-colored eyes that are close to red tones.
In addition, baby budgies sometimes fail to thrive due to malnutrition or sickness and their bodies are late in producing the dark pigment in their eyes. In such cases, the eyes of the baby budgies may remain in red and red tones for a while.
Are Red Eyes Budgies Rare?
Red eyes are fairly rare in budgies in the wild. In addition, the number of mutations that provide red color to budgies is only a few.
In addition, gene mutations that cause red eye colors are usually recessive to black and dark gene mutations.
However, since budgies living in human captivity are especially selectively bred to have red eyes, we cannot say that budgies with red eyes in human captivity are extremely rare.
Budgies with red eyes continue to be produced for commercial reasons.
Are Red Eyes Budgies Healthy?
Red eyes budgies have red eyes because they have lost the dark color pigment in their eyes. This feature does not have a negative effect on their health, and they are as healthy as other budgies.
Which Mutations Can Cause Red Eyes?
Ino and follow mutations cause red eye colors in budgies.
Are Albino and Lutino Budgies Blind?
Albino and lutino budgies are not blind. They have red eyes because their ino gene mutation removes the dark pigmentation in their eyes. This does not cause them to become blind or have vision problems.
Budgies With Red Eyes Due to Illness
Budgerigars can have red-colored or pink-colored eyes due to various diseases such as conjunctivitis.
In cases of conjunctivitis, the areas of the eye and the corners of the eyes begin to turn red due to the inflammation in the eyes of the budgies.
However, since such cases are the result of a disease, we cannot describe these budgies as red-eyed budgies.