Recessive white

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Recessive white
Recessive white racing pigeons.
Recessive white racing homers.
Locus z locus
Genetic symbol zwh
Common name Recessive white
Inheritance Autosomal recessive
Mutation type Colour modifier
Description Entirely white plumage with dark eyes.
Commonly found in breeds such as: Many breeds.

Recessive white is an allele at the z locus. This mutation is recessive to wild type.


In the homozygous form this gene produces an entirely white pigeon, with dark eyes.


Recessive white 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

White - similar phenotypes produced by a range of genes.