The genetics of Canaries can become complicated
when talking Cinnamon & White, and I am not going to bore you with
chromosomes, genes and sex-linked, or the first experiments done by
Gregor Mendel. If you are into that, then I suggest you go to a
site or book that specialises in Avian Genetics.
What I have attempted below is to give you the anticipated results based on the hen & cock.
Now genetics and chance play an important role and results as shown would be dependent on a large sample not a single pairing, however the results would be indicative.
As the Fife does not come with a crest, I am not covering it.
In the Pairing column, where I have NOT used Cock or Hen, it means that the results would be the same whatever sex.
I have taken for granted that you realise that Green & Cinnamon are either Yellow or Buff under. Therefore when your pairing Green to Cinnamon you also need to consider are they Yellow or Buff.
Also the progeny from any pairing will average 50% Cocks & 50% Hens.
(Yellow in some countries can also be known as Intense and Buff known as Frosted).
What I have not mentioned in the following tables is that when the melanins are present, which makes a bird Green or Blue etc, they could be Self which is 100% Green, to Lightly variegated even clear. Therefore, you can have a Cinnamon which is Clear Buff/Yellow or White; the only thing that makes it identifiable as a Cinnamon is its PINK eyes (seen most easily as chicks). These clear Cinnamons should not be confused with “Cinnamon Carrying Cocks” which have BLACK eyes.
What I have not mentioned is that when the melanins are present, which makes a bird Green or Blue etc, the above examples could be Self which is 100% Green, to Lightly variegated even clear. Therefore you can have a Cinnamon which is Clear Buff/Yellow or White. The only thing that makes it identifiable as a Cinnamon is its pink eyes (seen most easily as chicks). Also the progeny could depending on pairing show cinnamon.
Author: Peter Ailwood - Published 12/11/04 Updated Oct 05