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Cinnamon Rainbow lorikeet

Cinnamon Rainbow

The Cinnamon Rainbow lorikeet is a recessive mutation known in genetic terms as a ' Dilute ' and is not a true Cinnamon which would have red eyes. The jury is probably still out as to whether Dilute is the right name for this mutation either, as it doesn't have the colouration of a true Cinnamon.

Cinnamon Rainbow lorikeet

It has only diluted the green feathers of the birds and therefore is not a true Dilute either. It should have diluted the yellow and red colouring as well. At the very least it should have diluted the yellow, a yellow being one step away from green.

Dilute Rainbow lorikeet

Dilute Rainbow lorikeet

Just the same it is a very beautiful coloured bird that we should be proud of having in aviculture. The first Dilute was caught in the wild as most colour have come about from out in nature.
It is predator birds that eliminate these colours from the wild as they are easier to spot when they are flying from tree to tree.
The bird of prey locks on to anything different from the normal, whether a bird is a bit slower or stands out from the rest. There is safety in numbers but only if you all blend in together. This is the natural law of nature to keep the flock the strongest.

First breeding results of this colour was at the beginning of 1990.

Pk 1286 Purple

Young Dilute Rainbow lorikeet about 8 weeks old. How to determine the sex of these birds visually is covered on the "Lorikeet head colour" page.

Pk 1286 Purple
The recessive Dilute (Cinnamon) has now been transferred to the Pied, Pastels, Jades lines just to mention a few. The colour will be used to assist many new colours in the future and is a real asset to the colour mutation world.

Pk 1286 Purple
Just in closing for this page, this photo which was forwarded to me by Jos Shubert from Holland, editor of the "Lori Journal" magazine when we wrote an article for his magazine on Lorikeet mutations for the European readers.

This bird above was named a " Dutch Cinnamon".

At first glance the bird looks like a True Olive or Grey-Green but if you look closer you will see that the bird has red eye and pink or light skin pigmentation on the skin and the toenails.

There is no breeding results from this bird so what gene pattern it may have had is hard to establish. It may have been a red eyed recessive or sex-linked bird. You would have to think that it had a Grey-green factor involved as well, looking at the colour.

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