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Mutation: Cinnamon
Inheritance: Sex-linked recessive
Pigment change: Albinism

The Cinnamon became an official color in 1968 Belgium. The cinnamon can be described otherwise as normal grey except that it’s soft light grey with warm tone, often described brown. The color varies sometimes a bit depending on how much yellow suffusion there is under the melanine coverage. The difference between fallow and cinnamon is that cinnamon is still a bit colder shaded than fallow. Cinnamon also has more beige feet and beak whereas fallow has red eyes and pink beak and feet.

The cinnamon is one of the most common colors all across the world. It is counted as an albinistic color. As the cinnamon is sex-linked recessive, it is inherited straight from father to daughter. Any male cinnamon must have the gene from both of the parents. Cinnamon male on the left

The gender of the cinnamon is recognized the same way you’d recognize a normal grey’s gender.

Mutation behind the color: Cinnamon

The name cinnamon covers both the color and the gene. Cinnamon is very commonly found in many bird species. It’s albinistic color meaning that it reduces melanine from the feathers, skin and eyes.

Behind the birth of cinnamon there’s the tyrosinase enzyme TRP-2 that has affect on warm melanine tones. Hence, joka vaikuttaa lämpimämpiin melaniinisävyihin. Hence, one of the cinnamon cockatiel’s characteristics is that the melanine is decreased and has warm tone. Cinnamons also have a little bit of melanine reduction in their eyes but not as much as for example ino or fallow (both of them albinistic colors) would. Cinnamon’s eyes are depending on parrot species either dark red or dark which may reflect the flash light to reddish hue. In adult cockatiels the eye looks dark on the first view but the flash will usually reveal the red shine of the pupil. Cinnamon cockatiel chicks have clearly wine red eyes untill they get darker in a few weeks. You can also sometimes hear a more informal name of cinnamon: Isabel. This can be seen particularly in Sweden.

Cinnamon female (right).

Cinnamon cockatiel baby

Gender identification and chicks

The gender of a cinnamon can be told the same wasy as a with grey. The cock will get a bright yellow mask whereas the hen has darked face. Note, that due the lack of melanine also the hen has a bit brighter face than normal grey hen would. The wing spots and tail stripes of the hen remain same as with the wild type.

The Cinnamon can be already recognized in the nest from the eyes. Just hatched cinnamon does have still dark eyes but the color is more purple. The eyes will turn darker in few weeks but the pupil still looks more wine red.

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Cinnamon pair. Female left, male on right. Photo: Anni Pohja.


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Colors combined with cinnamon

Cinnamon pied

Cinnamon pied could be inherited for exam the following way:

Father: Pied split to cinnamon
Mother: Cinnamon pied

50% Cinnamon pied
50% Pied split to cinnamon Z2
50% Cinnamon pied
50% Pied

Oikealla kuvassa kaneli-harlekiinin ja tavallisen harlekiinin vertailua.

Cinnamon Fallow

Cinnamon combined with fallow creates an interesting effect. The result is usually something between extremely light beige to lutino-like warm yellow-white. A cinnamon fallow would be easy to confuse with a lutino, unless you know the origin of the bird.

Cinnamon fallow could be inherited for example like this:

Father: Harlekiini-Kaneli (/Fallow)
Mother: Fallow

Males: 50% Grey (/fallow pied cinnamon Z1), 50% Fallow (/pied cinnamon-Z1)
Females: 50% Cinnamon (/fallow pied), 50% Fallow Cinnamon (/pied)

Cinnamon Pearl

The cinnamon changes the grey areas of the pearl pattern lighter and warmer. Because both of the colors are sex-linked recessive, you need both mutations to be carried by the father, at least. The mother alone can’t produce visual pearl or cinnamon.

Cinnamon pearl could be inherited the following way:

Father: Pearl split to cinnamon-Z2
Mother: Pearl

Males: 50% Pearl split to cinnamon-Z1, 50% Pearl
Females: 50% Pearl, 50% Cinnamon pearl

Lutino Cinnamon

Lutino and cinnamon are both sex-linked recessive mutations: you need at least the father to carry both of the genes to produce cinnamon lutino babies. As lutino removes all the dark colors, at the first glance cinnamon lutino looks just like lutino. However, if you take a close look you can often see the cinnamon bleeding through, giving lutino a warmer tone, especially on primary flight feathers. Back in the days cinnamon lutinos were disliked as they were considered dirty looking, but nowadays this kind of gentle brown tones seem more and more wanted.

Cinnamon lutino could be inherited for example the following way:

Male: Lutino split to cinnamon-Z1
Female: Cinnamon


Males: 50% Cinnamon split to lutino-Z1, 50% Grey split to lutino-cinnamon-Z1
Females: 50% Lutino cinnamon , 50% Lutino

Whiteface Cinnamon

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Valkokasvo-kaneli voisi periytyä poikaselle esimerkiksi näin:

Male: Cinnamon split to whiteface
Female: Whiteface

Male: 50% Grey split to whiteface cinnamon-Z1, 50% Whiteface split to cinnamon-Z1
Female: 50% Cinnamon split to whiteface, 50% Whiteface cinnamon

Picture examples


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Cinnamon and pied baby.

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This cinnamon is also split to pearl and it can be clearly seen from the cloudy pattern.

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Cinnamon pied taking a bath. This cockatiel is a young male and has already long ago passed the first molt but you can still see that he has some female stripes under his tail due to the effect of pied. Also, the striping is cinnamon colored and lighter than normal grey would have.

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Pied baby’s foot (left), cinnamon’s foot (right).


Stock photo: Shutterstock / MarinaJay