Goldcheek


Aka. orangecheek / orangeface
Mutation: Unique
Inheritance: Sex-linked dominant?
Psittacine altering mutation

Only a little is yet known about this color mutation and only rare breeders seem to be enthusiastic to work with it. At the beginning the goldcheek was thought to be a combination of the pastelface and the yellowface/cheek. Others also thought it has some dominant features – and they were almost correct: it seems that the color is actually inherited both sex-linked and recessive ways. The goldcheek was though to be part of the blue gene family but it seems that this is not the case.

The goldcheek is described to remind the yellowcheek but its cheek color has stronger contrast.

This color is a true challenge: it has a high rate of early chick mortality and they are said to be lousy parents – especially the hens that seem to be lazy both in brooding and taking care of the chicks. Abandoning the eggs or the chicks isn’t uncommon either. As are the yellowcheeks, also the goldcheek hens are told to exhibit cock-like behavior more easily.

Gender identification and chicks

The difference between the male and female can be seen as usual from the tai, wings and the face mask.

I have not worked with this color.