How can you tell the difference between a cinnamon and greywing budgie?
Here are some of the common differences between these 2 mutations with pictures to help you identify each mutation. Look at the cheek patches, head/wing barring color, and main tail feathers for the best indications of which mutation your budgie is.
Most cinnamons will have medium violet cheek patches, although a bit lighter . The grey color adding factor effects the cheek patches causing them to be blue to grey rather than violet.
On white based (blue) birds the color is generally easier to distinguish. Cinnamons should have more of a brown color to the head barring/wing markings, while greywings should naturally have more grey.
Exception: If a greywing has come from lines with cinnamons, or if the bird is a yellow (green) based bird the color of the wings can be very tricky to use as a guide. When the green mixes with the grey it will often look brown.
Make sure to look at the cheek patches and main tail feather color in these cases.
The main tail feathers of these 2 mutations are very different if you look closely. Cinnamon budgies will have blue main tail feathers, while a greywing will have grey with body color mixed in.