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Origin: Cinnamon is the fourth established mutation. Mr. Van Otterdijk, of Belgium, established the Cinnamon
mutation in 1967.
The Cinnamon mutation is a result of an altered gene that reduces the melanin, thus contributing to a brown to tan
color. In affect, what this altered gene does is to stop the brown pigment from changing to grey or black. The
amount (quantity) of pigment does not change, just the color of it. What remains shows no presence of grey or
black pigments. This altered pigment is also seen on the beak, feet, and eyes. Cinnamons can vary quite widely in depth of coloration, with adult cocks being darker because of the natural presence of more melanin in their
plumage. A warm, even shade of Cinnamon is desirable. The legs, beaks and toenails are lighter in coloration than
those of Normal cockatiels.
Sexing is simple after the first molt, with cocks acquiring solid, dark rather than barred undersides to their tail
feather, loss of body barring, and the yellow facial mask similar to adult normal grey cocks.
Sometimes you tell upon hatch if a chick is going to be Cinnamon. The eyes will appear as a plum color, and can be mistaken for a lutino, but within a couple days the eyes will darken and appear like a Normal Grey.
Unlike the Normal Grey the feet will not get dark colored, but more of a light pinkish tan color with brown nails. The iris of the eye is brown, the pupil black on hens, and a reflective wine color on cocks. Cocks that are split to
Cinnamon will have a reflective wine colored pupil. This can be seen by shining an indirect light at the eye.
Cinnamon is a mutation that should not be crossed with melanin reducing mutations such as Emerald, Dominant
Silver, Recessive Silver, or Fallow. In most cases, it can either mask or darken these mutations making them harder to identify.
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Cinnamon Cockatiels
The Cinnamon Cockatiels gene effects the melanin pigment by actually stopping the brown pigment
being changed to grey or black. The amount of pigment doesn't change at all just the colour of it. The
brown colouring that remains should show no shades of grey or black in any form. This brown colour
also extends to the eyes, beak, feet and legs as well as just the feathers. A chick in the nest will have
obvious plum coloured eyes when compared to those of a normal grey bird but they will darken and be
less noticeable by about 2 weeks of age. The beak, feet and legs will however fail to change to the dark
grey/black colour as in a normal bird and will remain a pale fawn/beige colour.
Another obvious difference apart from the brown colouring is the extra
yellow that is visible. It seems that the cinnamon allows more of the
underlying yellow suffusion to show through and thus even the hens have a
yellower face than in non-cinnamon birds. The males have the same yellow
face as their grey counterparts but the hens don't have a cinnamon face as
would be expected when compared to grey hens. There is a very marked
increase of yellow in the feathers of the face and chest of hens as well as
the chest of the males.
The Cinnamon Cockatiels tones will vary too, even within the same family of birds. It appears to be
altered by health, sunlight and age as well. A cock bird in particular will be at his darkest and best
colouring when he is fully mature and just completed a moult. As new feathers grow through from a
moult the colour difference between the old and new can be very apparent. Because the old feathers
may be lightened by sunlight the new ones will appear much darker and solid coloured in contrast to
the paler and washed-out looking old ones.

Cinnamon is one of the most common colors apart from
normal grey. It is exactly the same for the above
descriptions, but instead of a grey color over the body, it is
a pale dusty' silver/brownish color. It can be mistaken for a
light grey, but has a browner overtone, and a paler, softer
appearance. Some are a very obvious brown color too.

A Cinnamon female looks identical to the cinnamon male,
the only differences are the face is not as bright yellow, and
a female will have the wing spots on the underside of the
wings and the bars on the underside of the tail, typical of
most females.
Cinnamon: The Cinnamon cockatiel is a mutation
which causes the feathers which are normally grey to
appear brown. The plumage color can range from a
tannish-grey to a chocolate brown.
Cinnamon-Pearl: A double mutation with the
coloration of a Cinnamon and the feather pattern of
Pearl. The female Cinnamon-Pearl often matures
with a yellow face. The male will lose most or all of
his pearling by the second molt.
Cinnamon-Pearl-Pied: This triple mutation cockatiel
has the coloration of a Cinnamon with the feather
patterns of both a Pied and a Pearl.
Cinnamon-Pearl-Whiteface: This triple mutation
cockatiel is a combination of Cinnamon and
Whiteface, which alter the coloration of the
plumage, and Pearl, which alters the feather pattern.
The brown of the Cinnamon becomes almost silver
with the removal of lipochrome pigmentation,
caused by the addition of Whiteface.