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Isabelle Cockatiel ~ Cinnamon TielFamily: Cacatuidae Cinnamon CockatielNymphicus hollandicusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
If you want a pet bird that makes you feel warm, then choose a Cinnamon Cockatiel!
The Cinnamon Cockatiel, also known as the Isabelle Cockatiel or the Cinnamon Tiel, is a a sex-linked recessive mutation. It lacks the cool gray found in the common Grey Cockatiel and in many of the other color mutations. The warmth of the cinnamon coloring is enhanced even more with the yellows in the head and tail. The color of a Cinnamon's plumage can range from a warm tannish-gray to a chocolate brown. There are some other pretty variations of the Cinnamon that include the Cinnamon Pearl Cockatiel and Cinnamon Pied Cockatiel.
Cockatiels are probably the most popular of the parrot family with their main competition being the Budgerigar (referred to as the Parakeet in the United States). They are hardy, easily handle changes in their home, and are easy to breed. On top of that, keeping a cockatiel as a pet is easy because they are not noisy parrots and they are comfortable when left alone for long periods of time.
Cockatiels are considered parrots as can be seen by the shape of their beak. They are members of the Cockatoo family which is apparent by their cute little erectile crests. Unlike cockatoos however, they have long tails making up about half of their total length, and giving them more of a parakeet type appearance.
Cockatiel's evolved as nomadic creatures, surviving in a variety of diverse and rugged habitats. They are constantly on the move, changing locations with the seasonal fluctuations of food and water supplies. This native habitat and their adaptive behavior has made them well suited as pets.
For more information about the care of Cockatiels see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Cockatiel
Distribution The Cinnamon Cockatiel is a strain developed by breeders and is not seen in the wild. Grey cockatiels are found over most of Australia except the coastal areas and most of Tasmania. Tasmania, an island state of Australia, has many of the parrots found in Australia but the cockatiel is not present there. It is thought that though they are one of Australia's fastest flyers, their flying strength is apparently not sufficient to help them bridge the waterway that separates the island from the Australian mainland.
Description Cockatiels are considered parrots, as can be seen by the shape of their beak. Cockatiels are probably the most popular of the parrot family. They are closely related to the Cockatoos, and like Cockatoos they are members of the Cacatuidae family.
As members of the Cacatuidae family they too have an erectile crests. This cute little crest will be held erect when they are stimulated and excited, flattened when they are feeling angry, defensive, or submissive, and somewhere in between when they are in their normal 'hanging out' state. Unlike the other members of this family, however, they have long tails. The tail makes up about half of their total length and gives them more of a parakeet type appearance.
The Cinnamon Cockatiel, just as the Lutino Cockatiel, is what is known as a sex-linked recessive mutation. The gene that effects the melanin pigment actually stops the brown pigment from changing to grey or black. It doesn't change the amount of pigment, just the color of it. The brown pigment that remains then extends to the eyes, beak, feet and legs, and the feathers. Their is also more yellow in the feathers of the chest on both the male and female than on a common grey cockatiel, and more yellow on the face of the female.
See descriptions of sexual differences for this pet bird cockatiel below, under the breeding cockatiels section.
Care and feeding Good sized bird cages are a must for good cockatiel care. A roomy cockatiel cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a playpen or parrot perch. Bird food consists of a variety of sprouts, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and commercial pellets.
See About Cockatiels: Care and Feeding for more information.
Social Behaviors Cockatiels travel in flocks in the wild and this influences cockatiel behavior in captivity. Their social 'flock' disposition along with their native habitat makes them well suited as pets. They are hardy, adapt easily to change, and are easy to breed. A big plus is that cockatiels are not noisy and can be left alone for long periods of time. They make a very loving and devoted pet if bonded properly.
For taming cockatiels and cockatiel training, see About Cockatiels: Handling and Training.
Activities Common bird activities for cockatiels, they like to climb and play. Cockatiel bird care includes providing lots of bird toys and excercise. Give them plenty of time outside the cage if possible, a playpen works well for this. Many cockatiels can learn to talk and whistle, especially the males.
See About Cockatiels: Activities for more information.
Breeding/Reproduction Cockatiel breeding can be a very rewarding experience. Cockatiels will readily nest provided they have a nest box and some material to construct the nest from. They lay one egg every other day until they have laid about 5 eggs. The incubation period is 17 - 22 days. After hatching the young birds will open their eyes at 9 days of age.
This is a good time to start hand feeding if you don't want to incubate the eggs yourself. Incubation and raising the chicks yourself requires dedication since the young chicks will need feedings every two hours for the first couple of weeks. Likewise, you can pull them from the nest earlier than 9 days, but with greater risk to the chick and greater effort on your part with frequent feedings. After about 18 days the orange cheek patch will appear on the babies. At about 30 days they will look like adult birds, and will fledge at about 35 days of age.
For more information on cockatiel breeding, see About Cockatiels: Breeding/Reproduction.
Sexual differences There are a lot of opinions about how to sex cockatiels, but with many of the color varieties they are usually just indicators, and not certain ways to tell. The Grey Cockatiel is dimorphic, meaning it can usually be visually sexed at about six months of age.
For the Cinnamon Cockatiel, the yellows on the face are more abundant in the female s than on a common Grey female, but the amount of yellow is about the same for both types of males. A DNA test will be your best bet to know what sex your pet is for sure if you have a Cinnamon Cockatiel.
Potential Problems The cockatiel health is easy to maintain as these are very hardy birds, but for all pet birds there are potential problems For optimum bird health care for your cockatiel, it is good to know what signs of illness to be aware of.
For information about cockatiel health, see About Cockatiels: Problems.
Availability The Cinnamon Cockatiel is one of the readily available an affordable cockatiels for sale. There are also lots of Grey Cockatiels as well as other different colored mutations readily available including lutino, pied, pearl, and white-faced varieties.