South East Qld Zebra Finch Society

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Cream

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HISTORY: First produced by Mr. Fred Lewistka, when developing the Fawn, but disposed of as light Fawns. Established by Mr. Levitt Hunt and Mr. Jack Wedderburn, of Sydney. 


GENETICS: DOMINANT (SEX-LINKED) 

  • Cream x Cream = Cream cocks & hens and Fawn cocks & hens
  • Cream x Fawn = Cream cocks & hens and Fawn cocks & hens *
  • Cream x Grey = Grey/fawn & Silver/fawn cocks and Cream & Fawn hens
  • Grey x Cream = Grey/fawn & Silver/fawn cocks and Grey & Silver hens

 

The reverse mating will give the same results. 

It is recommended that the Grey & Silver birds produced not be used in future matings with Grey or Silver. 

It is said that 'double factor' and 'single factor' birds are produced. To date evidence produced suggests that all Creams are 'single factor'; 'double factor' birds do not develope pass the embryo stage.

 

SHOW FAULTS: 

COCK

  • Body colour too dark
  • Markings too dark
  • Cheek lobes NOT white

 

HEN

  • Body colour too dark

 

AVAILABILITY: Low

 

GENERAL: Creams are the result of combining the sex-linked Fawn with the 'dominant dilute' Silver. Few Creams are often bred. The difficulty is in getting birds light enough and breeding cocks with white cheek lobes. Anyone interested in Creams should start with the lightest birds possible, preferably a cock with white cheeks, and breed through Fawns. Often Cream x Cream matings will lighten the colour.

 

SHOW STANDARD:

COCK

  • Eyes  -  Dark
  • Beak  -  Red
  • Feet & Legs  -  Orange
  • Head, neck & wings  -  Pale cream
  • Underparts  -  White to buff near vent
  • Tear Drop  -  Dark cream
  • Face Area  -  White
  • Breast Bar  -  Dark cream
  • Cheek Lobes  -  White
  • Throat & Upper Breast  -  Pale cream, with dark cream lines
  • Side Flanks  -  Light pinkish fawn, with white spots
  • Tail Coverts  -  Dark cream, with white bars
  • Tail  -  1 shade lighter than coverts
  • Rump  -  White 

HEN

  • As for cock, except all cock markings replaced by pale cream.
  • Beak  -  Reddish-orange
  • Rump  -  Off-white