DNA Research project: Who could help us?

The last year we collected DNA samples (feathers) of different colour mutations in Genus Agapornis, Monk parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), Pacific parrotlet (Forpus coelestis) and the hagoromo mutants of the Budgerigar [Melopsittacus undulatus].

For the next step in our research we are looking for feathers of:

  • Green – wildtype monk parrot or Quaker parrot [Myiopsitta monachus]
  • Yellow cheek and wildtype cockatiels [Nymphicus hollandicus]
  • Agapornis personatus: violet (can be in combination with other mutations)
  • Agapornis fischeri: violet (can be in combination with other mutations)
  • Agapornis roseicollis: palehead (can be in combination with other mutations)

We extract the DNA from feathers. Based on the DNA amount we got from the lovebird samples, tail feathers were much better than body feathers as tail feathers are bigger and have more DNA extracted. So ideal is if you can provide us 5 tail feathers from each bird, but of course other body feathers are also possible, but then we need a large amount (10 – 15).

It is best to pack these feathers per bird in a plastic bag, state the species, colour and possibly ring number and include – if possible – a photo(s) of the sampled bird. Here you can download an excel file and fill out all your details about the samples. You can send this file together with the digital pictures to admin@ogvzw.org.

Please send the feathers to:

Ornitho-Genetics VZW
Notelaarstraat 16A
9260 Serskamp