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The Cinnamon Cockatiel
The Cinnamon Cockatiel was first seen in the bush near Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. By 1984 Jeanette Hickford obtained a split from these birds and had established the long awaited Cinnamon. The Cinnamon Cockatiel is a sex linked mutation and therefore only cocks can be split to this mutation. Hen cannot be split to Cinnamon so any hen that contains Cinnamon must be visually Cinnamon.
Cinnamon is caused by the alteration of melanin in the birds feathers. This in turn produces a light brown or tan colour. One must remember hat there are varying tones of Cinnamon, some light and some dark.
Newly hatched chicks can be easily identified in the nest. They have the most obvious plum coloured eyes that seem to darken slightly by the age of two weeks. A Cinnamon chicks feet and legs appear a pale beige colour with light brown toenails.
Cocks and Hens are identical as youngsters, so the normal signs of whistling and the normal 'carrying on' of young males will help to determine the sex of the bird. When Cinnamons get a lot of sunshine, they loose the smooth Cinnamon colouration, and get a 'motley affect'. This motley affect will go away after the next moult.