Cockatiel Colors Guide
Normal Color Cockatiels
This is the cockatiel's natural color scheme, mostly dark grey, with red cheek patches. The males have a yellow face and crest, which is greyish in the females. The females have yellow, marbled tail feathers. The break and claws are pink in their natural coloring, and their eyes are dark.
Lutinos are missing all of their gray/brown coloring, so theses birds are either white or light yellow feathered, except for the crests and faces, which keep their normal colors. Other parts of these cockatiels are colored normally.
In albino cockatiels all color pigments have been removed. You're left with a white bird, that has red eyes, beak, and feet. The white face gene mutation is responsible for creating albinos from lutinos.
In cinnamon cockatiels, the feathers are brown instead of grey. They still keep the cockatiel's original colorings of yellow face and crest, dark eyes, but their beaks and feet are grey.
Fallow cockatiels are very similar to cinnamons. They share the brown colored body feathers, and have the same face and crest colors, but their eyes are red, and they have pink feet and beaks.
Pied cockatiels have random patches of feathers that are yellow instead of gray, and these patches can vary in size. Many pied cockatiels are more yellow than gray, and some have no gray at all, making them look like lutinos - but you can tell them apart because pieds have dark eyes.
In the normal pearl color mutation, the center of the cockatiel's feathers have lost their grey, and appear yellow instead. You can have pearl cockatiels mixed with other color mutations, giving you variations on the coloring.
White Faced Cockatiel
I think the name gives it away, but I'll say it anyway: White Faced cockatiels have white faces. Surprised? These cockatiels have white faces because they're not able to produce red or yellow pigments for their facial feathers.
Olive birds have a greenish tint to their feathers, that can range from dark to light pastel, and is really a mix of yellow and gray. Also, olive cockatiels feathers are like those of the pearl birds, with the feathers being darker at the edges, and lighter in the center.
With yellow cheek cockatiels the bright orange cheek patches are gone, so their faces are completely yellow.
Pastel face cockatels have normal facial coloring, except that the colors are muted, and faded looking. You can find pastel faced cockatiels in many color schemes, from normal to cinnamon pearl and beyond.
There are two types of silver cockatiel, and as you might expect, they both make the bird look a silvery color, instead of the normal grey. If you're curious, you can find out about the differences between them.
As you might expect, gold cheek cockatiels have golden cheek patches, instead of the normal orange ones.