Dark eye

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Dark eye
Dark eye is found in Arabian Trumpeter Pigeons.
Dark eye is found in Arabian Trumpeter Pigeons.
Locus da locus
Genetic symbol da
Common name Dark eye
Inheritance Autosomal recessive
Mutation type Eye colour
Commonly found in breeds such as: Arabian Trumpeters

Dark eye is an allele at the da locus. This mutation is recessive to wild type.


This mutation, usually found in Arabian Trumpeter pigeons causes dark eyes on an otherwise normally coloured pigeon. This is different to the bull eyes found in recessive white and pied birds. Dark eyes is also epistatic to the tr locus.


Dark eye is an autosomal recessive mutation. This means that both parents need to carry the mutant gene for it to express in the next generation. As a recessive mutation, it is possible for this mutation to be carried by a bird who does not visually express it.


See also

Eye colour - a list of pigeon eye mutations.