Cinnamon Wing Budgerigar
The Cinnamon wing budgerigar variety emerged almost simultaneously in Australia and England, with Germany reporting their production a little later. The cinnamon factor had apparently existed for some years before researchers identified it in 1934. In about 1933, the first Cinnamon wings were bred by a lady fancier from Adelaide, South Australia. Although we do not know the lady’s identity, she was not impressed by the birds’ appearance and promptly sold them to a dealer. Fortunately, Mr. Terrill, a well-known fancier who later developed the Opaline, noticed them and bought as many as he could from the dealer. He then firmly established them in the country.
Image Courtesy of Rod Turnbull and the ANBC
The cinnamon wing factor has the effect of suppressing black melanin, allowing the brown to express itself and altering the blue feather structure of the budgerigar. However, it does not affect yellow pigment when present. As a result, the body colour has a somewhat paler appearance with brown wing markings instead of black.
Identification of the Cinnamon Wing Budgerigar
The Cinnamon wing budgerigar features a solid and uniform body color, appropriate for its normal equivalent ground color. Its face and forehead ground color is yellow for green series and white for blue series, except for the yellow-face series. The back and wing coverts are cinnamon with markings that are symmetrical on the ground color and free of any body color suffusion.
The Cinnamon wing has a deep and wide mask that extends beyond two large cheek patches. Six evenly spaced, large, round cinnamon throat spots ornament the mask. In addition, the base of the cheek patches partially covers the two outer spots. The markings on the cheeks, back of head, neck, and wings are cinnamon, clearly defined, and symmetrical on the appropriate ground color. They are free from any intrusion of body color or ‘bloom’. The Cinnamon wing has a dark eye with a white iris ring, and its feet are pinkish-grey in color.
In terms of gender, the cock has a blue cere, while the hen has a brown cere.
Below is a summary of the colors of the Cinnamon wing budgerigar’s cheek patch, tail quill, and tail feathers.
Cinnamon Wing Budgerigar Pairing Expectations
The Cinnamon wing budgerigar is a sex-linked variety. Therefore, the expected pairing outcomes would be as follows:
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