South East Qld Zebra Finch Society Inc

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Grey 

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HISTORY: First recorded breeding was by Mr Vieillot, Paris France in the late 17th, early 18th centuries. Aviary specimens are descendants of the Australian sub-species, Poephila guttata castanotis. 'Timor' Zebra Finch, P.g. guttata, inhabits Timor & surrounding islands.

 

GENETICS: DOMINANT

  • Grey x Grey = Grey cocks & hens
  • Grey x Sex-linked = Grey/sl cocks & Grey hens 
  • Sex-Linked x Grey = Grey/sl cocks & Sex-linked hens
  • Grey x Dominant = Grey & Dominant cocks and hens *
  • Grey x Recessive = Grey/recessive cocks and hens *

 

* The reverse matings will give the same results.

 

SHOW FAULTS:

 COCK

  • Pale body colour
  • Wings edged 'fawn' &/or 'white'
  • Under parts not white
  • Uneven breast bar
  • Blurred flank spots 

HEN

  • Faint breast bar
  • Ghost cheek lobes

 

AVAILABILITY:  Common......... although pure Greys are scarce, particularly cocks.

 

GENERAL: Greys or Normals, as they are sometimes referred, form the basis of all mutations. Breeders should endeavour to maintain stocks of pure Greys. To be successful on the show bench exhibitors need to establish or have ready access to a strain of quality Greys.

SHOW STANDARD:

 

COCK

  • Eyes  -  Dark
  • Beak  -  Red
  • Feet & Legs  -  Orange
  • Head, neck & wings  -  Grey
  • Under parts  -  White to buff near vent
  • Tear Drop  -  Black
  • Face Area  -  White
  • Throat & Upper Breast  -  Grey, with black lines
  • Breast Bar  -  Black
  • Cheek Lobes  -  Orange-brown
  • Side Flanks  -  Reddish-brown, with white spots
  • Tail Coverts  -  Black, with white bars
  • Tail  -  1 shade lighter than coverts
  • Rump  -  White 

HEN

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