Lutino Cinnamon Cockatiels
 By Peggy Newbury


A lutino cinnamon cockatiel is the result of two colour changes, lutino, which causes no grey melanin to be produced and cinnamon, which alters the melanin granules to a different shape that appears brown.

This multimutation cockatiel is one of the combination mutations that can be easily overlooked in the nest. When newly hatched its eyes are brighter red through the skin but the difference is subtle. The depth of cinnamon shading can vary considerably. I overlooked one bird until about 6 months of age, or at least until the bird in question had gone through its juvenile moult. Usually the cinnamon colour is obvious, but not strong, when young. The richness of colour in any cockatiel continues to improve until the bird is three years old and at this age the cinnamon is a beautiful warm brown contrast on a lutino body. All lutino cinnamons will have red eyes, usually brighter red than a typical lutino bird. If the bird also carries pearl and or pied its eyes will be a clear pink red and will remain so. It is important to remember that a bird with no pigment in its eyes will be disadvantaged in harsh sunlight and a shade cloth cover over any open flight will be helpful to the bird in flight.

The effect of the lutino mutation is to delete all grey tones from the bird's body. The resulting visual effect of 'Iutino' is the white, cream, and yellow that is always present under the grey melanin. When lutino and cinnamon appear in the same bird any grey tones are also stripped from the cinnamon colour and the contrast with lutino is very pretty. Cock lutino cinnamons increase the contrast with sexual maturity, and continue to improve until fully mature - about three years of age. I prefer to breed a cinnamon male split lutino with a cinnamon hen or with a cinnamon lutino hen. This would produce more cinnamon coloured birds than lutino cinnamon and the second choice of hens would also produce male lutino cinnamons. I usually breed all my mutations as a split to a coloured bird. In this example both combinations would be cinnamon to cinnamon with the only split effect as the split lutino cock bird.

I find that people expect to see a brown bird when they hear lutino cinnamon, instead of a yellow bird with cinnamon trimming. Pale cinnamon brown will appear on the long flight feathers and over the shoulders. The white wing bar is easily highlighted in reasonable light. Tail feathers will show pale brown in some degree and the tail barring on hens will be yellow and light cinnamon. If pearl is added to the combinations cinnamon scalloping will also appear on the bird's shoulders and back. Cinnamon pied will enhance the depth of yellow and highlight even more any pied area that is now cinnamon. Combining a pied strain with clear faces but less rather than more pied marking will result in more cinnamon appearing on the lutino body.

To breed a lutino cinnamon pearl pied is not difficult, but it does require some thought. To be certain that your lutino, etc., birds are definitely pied both parents must be visually pied. A pied, cinnamon pied or cinnamon pearl pied male split lutino would all produce definite lutino pied hens when paired with a pied hen. With that selection of sires some young hens would be lutino cinnamon pied and some lutino cinnamon pearl pied. There would be many combinations of split and coloured birds that could be used to produce a lutino cinnamon pearl pied, but the main requirement is that both parents LOOK pied.

Some combinations to produce these birds would be as follows. Cock birds should always be shown on the left side of an explanation or a diagram.

Pied split lutino, cinnamon and pearl cock x pied hen

Hens will be lutino pied, lutino pearl pied, iutino cinnamon pied and lutino cinnamon pearl pied, cinnamon pied, cinnamon pearl pied, pearl pied males will be pied. all possibly split to lutino, cinnamon and / or pear!

Cinnamon pied split lutino and pearl cock x Cinnamon pied hen

Hens will be cinnamon pied, lutino, cinnamon pied and cinnamon pearl pied males will be cinnamon pied, ail possibly split lutino and / or pearl This may be a better choice as all young are at least cinnamon pied, a very sought after combination

Cinnamon pearl pied split lutino cock x cinnamon pied hen

Hens will ail be cinnamon pearl pied, some cinnamon lutino pearl pied cocks will be cinnamon pied split pearl, possibly split lutino

This is a rewarding combination as the youngsters can be sexed as soon as they start to feather. This is a definite advantage when attempting to successfully determine the sex of pied Cockatiels.

Cinnamon pearl pied split lutino cock x cinnamon pearl pied hen

Hens will all be cinnamon pearl pied and some lutino cinnamon pearl pied cocks will be cinnamon pearl pied, all possibly split lutino

If you are fortunate enough to obtain a cinnamon lutino mate I would advise that he breed with a normal, pearl or pearl pied hen to obtain lutino cinnamon hens and grey cocks definitely split lutino, cinnamon, pearl and pied. The sex of these chicks would be obvious when they hatch.

These combinations are now being added to the newer whiteface mutation, which removes all yellow. The resulting bird at first impression appears white, with dark red eyes. Cinnamon is evident on its body identical to a lutino cinnamon, and brown pearls and pied marking also appear on the white body. The correct name for this bird is lutino whiteface cinnamon pearl pied, but I'll be very surprised if it isn't called an albino cinnamon pearl, etc.

While some people find working with multiple genetics confusing I find that this type of breeding gives me a satisfyingly wide variety of offspring with a smaller amount of aviary space.

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